The expansion of the Aga Khan Medical Centre in Gilgit will more than double capacity from 46 to 112 beds by 2023, transforming it into a fully functional general hospital. Services in the new wing will include acute and critical care, CT scans, dermatology, cardiology, dialysis, ophthalmology, teleconsultations and tele-ICU services, emergency medicine, oxygen generation, a full PCR lab and a blood bank.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Khalid Khurshid highlighted that the scale-up of services will play a pivotal role in addressing the evolving health needs and increasing burden of disease in Gilgit-Balistan.
In Aliabad, the construction of a new 30-bed facility will be the first purpose-built, private, not-for-profit secondary level healthcare facility in Hunza. With the greater prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the region and a burgeoning tourism sector, modern and well-equipped healthcare facilities in the region will play an important role in addressing the health needs of Hunza and its surrounding areas. The Centre is expected to begin operations in 2023.