The Health facilities Regulatory Agency, HeFRA, has stated that it has given all health facilities till the end of March this year to begin registration of their health facilities to obtain a license under the agency or face a shutdown.
HeFRA operates under the Ministry of Health and is assigned under the part one of the Health Institutions and Facilities Act, 2011(Act 829), register, license and monitor facilities for the provision of public and private health services.
Per the law, persons or organizations cannot operate under health facilities unless it is licensed under the act.
The Board Chairman of the act Nana Otuo Acheampong in an interview with citinews monitored by PrimeNewsGhana stated that ''last Wednesday we did an inspection and some four selected institutions in Accra including Korle Bu.
Korle Bu has started with the operation to obtain a license but they haven't completed. In fact, they are more than halfway through''.
He added,''The general statement that we made was that we are giving every health facility to start the process on the 4th of March, those who don't start on the 4th of March they wish closure of their health facility. If you read the article on Graphic it was said that we cannot foresee ourselves closing an institution like Korle Bu''.
''However, we used that to get the management of Korle Bu to fasten their licensing application by March 31 so that they will have an operating license. Once you start the process then we can see that you are making some efforts''.