UGANDA— The Aga Khan University Hospital has inaugurated the Nakawa Specialty Centre on Old Port Bell Road, offering Ugandans a wide range of specialized outpatient health care services.

This development was announced through a statement by Aga Khan University (AKU) on their LinkedIn page, where they expressed gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Aziz Manji and their family for their generous donation towards the establishment of the Aziz & Zubeda Manji Building, which houses the facility.

This is the first facility on the upcoming Aga Khan University’s Kampala campus and will provide services such as chemotherapy, dialysis, and diagnostic imaging, including CT scans, mammography, neurophysiology, and ultrasound.

The facility is part of a larger development project, that includes a seven-storey University Centre and a nine-storey student housing building currently under construction, with the Aga Khan University Hospital, Kampala slated to begin construction in 2025.

The center will offer access to various specialists, including those in gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, neurophysiology, oncology, and endocrinology.

Additionally, services such as physiotherapy, mammography, dentistry, laboratory, and pharmacy services will be available.

The upcoming campus will also feature academic facilities, student accommodation, and a university hospital.

This investment is one of AKU’s most significant in East Africa and aims to develop much-needed leaders and healthcare professionals through its education programs, as well as provide high-quality healthcare to Uganda and the wider East African region.

With the inauguration of this facility, Nakawa Specialty Centre joins the hospital’s three other medical centers in Kampala, located at Acacia Mall, Metroplex Mall Naalya, and the DTB building.

Speaking during the inauguration, Uganda’s State Minister for Health, Hon. Margaret Muhanga, praised the Aga Khan University for its continued investment in the country’s health and education sectors.

“The opening of the Nakawa Specialty Centre will boost access to specialized quality healthcare for our people and reduce the need to travel abroad,” said Hon. Muhanga.

She also emphasized the government’s commitment to providing quality healthcare for all citizens, recognizing AKU as a valuable partner.

On his part, Rashid Khalani, CEO of the Aga Khan University Hospital, reaffirmed their commitment to providing world-class health care services in Uganda, highlighting the installation of state-of-the-art equipment and technology for timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Commenting on the new facility, AKU President Sulaiman Shahabuddin noted that the new hospital and campus will be part of an integrated network of international-quality health and education institutions across East Africa.

Amb. Amin Mawji, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Uganda, concluded by emphasizing that this facility will bring high-quality healthcare closer to home for Ugandans, eliminating the need to seek care abroad.

The Kampala project represents one of AKU’s largest investments in East Africa, aiming to offer care in nearly two dozen specialties.

It will significantly expand the university’s existing School of Nursing and Midwifery in Kampala and enable the training of medical specialists in various fields.

 The Aga Khan University and Aga Khan Health Services operate five hospitals and over 100 clinics, serving more than 2 million patients annually in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

AKU has been active in Uganda for 24 years, graduating 1,400 nurses and midwives working in various sectors across the country.

Several hundred Ugandan teachers and journalists have graduated or are enrolled at AKU, with over 2,000 completing short courses.

Across East Africa, AKU has graduated nearly 5,000 nurses, doctors, teachers, and journalists.

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