Government has completed fixing ultra modern Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines in five regional hospitals as part of phase one of the National Equipment Replacement Project, an initiative to replace obsolete imaging equipment with new sophisticated ones, as they await presidential commission.
The beneficiary hospitals are the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Tamale, Ho, Cape Coast and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The installation of the machines, being undertaken by Toshiba Technologies, makes Ghana the third in Africa to procure the Ultra Modern MRI machines and CT Scanners, after South Africa and Egypt.
Under the policy of transforming the health sector and as captured in the 2008 manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), all regional hospitals will be eventually be beneficiaries.
According to Toshiba Technologies, the CT scan is the first in Africa and has 640 slides. They described the CT Scanners and MRI machines as the greatest technology the ruling NDC government had acquired for the country.
They indicated that the facility will benefit Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast and other countries.