All you need to know about the new Aga Khan University Nakawa Specialty Medical Centre

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The Aga Khan University (AKU) has opened the Aga Khan Hospital Nakawa Specialty Center, bringing specialized treatment closer to patients. The hospital is located on Old Port Bell Road.

With this new development, Ugandans will not be burdened to travel abroad for specialized treatment, as the new center will offer a wide range of specialized healthcare services.

According to Rashid Khalani, CEO of the Aga Khan University Hospital, the Center will offer chemotherapy, dialysis, and diagnostic imaging such as CT scans, mammography, neurophysiology, and ultrasound. It will also provide access to an array of specialists including gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, neurophysiology, oncology, and endocrinology, among others.

Endoscopy tower with gastroscope and coloscope. Image: AKU

Physiotherapy, mammography, dentistry, and laboratory and pharmacy services are also available.

At the inauguration of the Center, State Minister for Health Hon. Margaret Muhanga lauded 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 Muhanga.

The Nakawa Specialty Centre joins the Hospital’s three other medical centers in Kampala, located at Acacia Mall, Metroplex Mall Naalya, and the DTB building.

“By opening this center, we are restating our commitment to providing world-class healthcare services in Uganda,” said Rashid Khalani, CEO of the Aga Khan University Hospital. “We have installed state-of-the-art equipment and technology that will ensure timely, accurate, and advanced diagnosis that will inform timely treatment.”

A seven-storey University Centre and a nine-storey student housing building are currently under construction on AKU’s Kampala campus. Construction of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Kampala begins next year.

“When this hospital and campus take their place alongside the many other hospitals and clinics that AKU and the Aga Khan Health Services operate in the region, we will have laid the foundations for something extraordinary,” AKU President Sulaiman Shahabuddin said. “Namely, an integrated network of international-quality health and education institutions that spans East Africa.”

AKU and the Aga Khan Health Services operate five hospitals and more than 100 clinics caring for more than 2 million patients annually in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Inside one of the wards at the new Nakawa Specialized Centre. Image: AKU

“The opening of the Nakawa Specialty Centre marks an important step in our mission to bring high-quality healthcare closer home for Ugandans. We are here to eliminate the days of waiting or traveling abroad to get the care you need,” said Amb. Amin Mawji, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Uganda.

The Kampala project is one of AKU’s largest investments in East Africa to date. It will enable a significant expansion of the University’s existing School of Nursing and Midwifery in Kampala and will also allow the University to begin training medical specialists in various fields. The Hospital will offer care in nearly two dozen specialties.

AKU has been active in Uganda for 24 years. In Kampala, it has graduated 1,400 nurses and midwives who are working in government and private-sector institutions in urban and rural communities across the country.

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