Government has secured $250 million to retool all the government hospitals in the country to address the infrastructural problems facing them.
Vice-president John Dramani Mahama disclosed this when he laid the foundation for the construction of a International Eye Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for the treatment of eye diseases.
The facility would also serve as a centre of excellence for research and training of eye specialists in the West African sub-region.
The $6 million project jointly being financed by the Moorfields Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom, Lions Clubs International and the government of Ghana.
Lions Clubs International has provided seed money of $1.5 million to kick-start the project which is expected to be completed in 12 months.
Vice President said government would continue to invest in the health sector to address the logistical problems of hospitals in the country to enhance effective health delivery.
For instance, he said government had invested $2.4 million to replace all the thirteen old elevators at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, which would be inaugurated this year.
Vice President Mahama said the construction of the eye centre at the country’s premier hospital was the best gift to be given to people who have eye diseases.
He advised the consultants and contractors not to compromise on quality in the construction of the facility and stressed that they should use the right materials to ensure the durability of the building.
Vice President Mahama further appealed to the management of Korle Bu to maintain a good management culture to ensure a longer life span of the facility.
He also appealed to corporate bodies to support the construction of the centre.
The Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital, John Pelley said the hospital would help to curb the increasing cases of blindness in the sub-region.
He said the World Health Organisation estimated that over 90 per cent of world cases of blindness could be found in the developing world, and attributed the menace to lack of modern facilities for the treatment of eye diseases.
Mr Pelley noted that over 75 per cent of the cases could be been treated if the affected persons had received early eye treatment.
He commended the Vice President for his role in ensuring that the project came into fruition.
The representative of the West African College of Surgeons, Emeritus Professor E. D. Yeboah said that at the moment most West Africa countries with were under resources in terms of specialists manpower, care and resources of dealing with eye problems.
He said the proposed facility would provide world class eye care services to patients and offer practical training for teachers and specialists as well as research into eye disorders, their prevention and care.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Hospital, Professor Otu Nartey said the centre would help to mould and guide future generations of eye care specialists.
Professor Nartey disclosed that the government had allocated $60 million for work to begin on the first phase of an emergency complex for the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The new emergency complex, he said, would help reduce the pressure on the emergency centre.