Accra, Feb. 9 , GNA – Ghana has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with the Dubai-based Thumbay Group for the establishment of a
Teaching Hospital and a Medical University to be known as the Gulf Medical
University (GMU) in Ghana.
The about $600 million dollar –project,
which would be developed on a 25-acre
plot of land provided by the Government in the Greater Accra Region, would progress in phases over a period of
five to eight years.
Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of
Education and Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Minister of Health, signed on behalf of
Ghana; while Mr Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President of the Thumbay Group
initialled the MoU, at a brief ceremony witnessed by Vice President Dr Mahamudu
Bawumia at the Flagstaff House, on Friday February.
The signing of the MoU comes three months
after the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, paid a working visit to the
campus and facilities of the Thumbay Group and the Gulf Medical University at
Ajman, United Arab Emirates at the invitation of the authorities.
The Thumbay Group is expected to collaborate
with the Ministries of Education and Health to build and establish the Ghana
campus of the Gulf Medical University and the Thumbay Teaching Hospital in the
Greater Accra Region.
The proposed university would offer
Vocational, Diploma, Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and Doctoral programmes in
Medical Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, among other disciplines, for Ghanaian
and International students.
It is expected to employ about 3000 Ghanaians,
in addition to attracting a student population of more than 3000 from around 80
countries. It would also provide opportunities for local hospitals through
cross-referrals and partnerships.
Minister of Aviation, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah and Ghana’s Consul-General to
the United Arab Emirates, Hajia Samata Gifty Bukari were also present at the
In brief remarks before the signing ceremony,
the Vice President lauded the Thumbay Group for its decision do develop the
facilities in Ghana, saying it fitted into President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo’s vision to provide first class health care to Ghanaians, while
providing enhanced training to medical personnel.
“We are very happy with the proposed
establishment of this medical university, as well as the Thumbay Hospital, as
it will help to train more doctors and allied medical personnel and fill in the
gap in our health care delivery,” Vice President Bawumia said.
“It is also a demonstration of confidence in
Ghana, and we encourage other companies and organisations to take advantage of
the enabling environment Government is providing to put down roots and set up
business in Ghana.”
Explaining the rationale for the choice of
Ghana, Dr Thumbay Moideen said the Thumbay Group had explored the possibility
of setting up such a facility in several African countries, including Nigeria,
South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya, but failed due to a number of factors.
“From the research done by our team in Africa-
we have been to almost all countries – Ghana is the best place to do business,”
Dr Thumbay declared.
“Ghana is a serious place to do business and
we are happy to be here. We pledge to fulfil our part of this agreement to
ensure the University and Hospital are built to benefit both Ghana and the
The Thumbay Group, is a UAE – based
diversified international business conglomerate, headquartered in Dubai, with
operations across 20 sectors including Education, Healthcare, Medical Research,
Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Retail Opticals, Wellness,
Nutrition Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Publishing, Technology, Media,
Events, Medical Tourism, Trading and Marketing & Distribution.