General News of Thursday, 31 May 2018
Founder of think tank Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko supports ‘Open UGMC Now’ campaign, has thrown his weight behind the storming campaign for the University of Ghana Medical Centre to be opened.
“I support the Open UGMC Now campaign”, Mr Otchere-Darko, who is also a relative of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, posted on Facebook.
His post comes on the heels of the arrest of Reginald Sekyi-Brown, a student of the University of Ghana, who, on Wednesday, 30 May 2018, displayed a placard at an event at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in the middle of a speech by First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, ASP Effia Tenge, told Class91.3FM that Mr Sekyi-Brown was being investigated for interrupting the programme. He has since being granted bail.
Even though the UGMC has been completed, it remains shut. Mr Sekyi-Brown and others started a campaign for the hospital to be opened for healthcare services.
A tussle between the University of Ghana authorities and the Ministry of Health over control of the facility, has resulted in the newly-built medical centre remaining closed to the public, with its state-of-the-art equipment wasting away.