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China supports the expansion of Ghana’s medical university

ACCRA––The Communist nation of China over the weekend pledged its support to help Ghana expand the University of Health and Allied Sciences located at Ho, 180 km northeast of the capital, Accra.

At a ceremony, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Wang Shiting and Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta signed a formal note on behalf of their respective countries for the grant support.

Ambassador Wang said the signing of the document was an indication that “the Chinese government will support the construction of the second phase of the project for the University of Health and Allied Sciences.”

“This is a gift from the Chinese government and its people to the Ghanaian government and its people. It is also a milestone in the friendship between our two countries,” the ambassador said.

Reports say the first phase of the project which covered a land area of 10,386 square meters is funded by the Chinese government. The project was turned over to the government of Ghana in September 2015.  Its deliverables consisted of equipment for the school of basic and biomedical science, lecture halls, libraries, student housing facilities, and senior staff residential area.

The second phase of the project will be situated on a land area of 29,200 square meters, and it will include a new administration building, College of Nursing and Midwifery, duty and equipment room, and other supporting facilities.

“We have reason to believe that after the project is completed the University of Health and Allied Sciences will become one of the most beautiful and modern universities in Ghana,” Ambassador Wang said.

Newly constructed University of Ghana Medical College

Foreign Minister Ofori-Atta lauded the Chinese government for topping the amount agreed upon for the project. “China has been one of Ghana’s allies supporting the government of Ghana to promote sustainable growth and reduce poverty,” the minister said.

The foreign minister said Ghana is pursuing the vision of growing beyond aid on four major pillars: revenue and domestic resource mobilization, expenditure management, finance and treasury management, creating opportunities which will all require further resources.

One significant aspect of the vision, Minister Ofori-Atta said, was in the area of education and human capital development to ensure that the country could leverage its resources.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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