ISLAMABAD: Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki, along with Pakistani officials has inaugurated King Abdullah Teaching Hospital in Mansehra – an earthquake-hit district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
Construction of the state of the art hospital commenced in March 2016 and was completed in two years.
According to the details shared by the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad, the hospital has four blocks covering a total area of 1,98,724 square feet.
The hospital has the capacity to accommodate 285 beds and is now a major hospital in the hilly district.
The Saudi-funded project was executed by Pakistan’s Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, with a cost of Rs 823.5 million ($219.6 million).
Mansehra was among the areas adversely hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 8, 2005, which brought widespread death and destruction in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and parts of KP province.
The death toll resulting from the quake was more than 75,000, while tens of thousands of buildings were damaged, including schools, hospitals, and other state infrastructure. The international community, including Saudi Arabia, stepped forward to help and build the needed infrastructure – King Abdullah Teaching Hospital in Mansehra is part of those efforts.