Historically, the Department of Health (DoH), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has played a limited role
in priority setting and policy development, mostly concerning itself with service provision
through public health facilities. Following the passage of the Empowerment and Self Government
Ordinance 2009 (ESGO), the province gained power to legislate in the health sector as more
control was ceded to its Legislative Council. After the 18th Constitutional Amendment and the
7th National Finance Award 2010 (NFC), pressure on the province to evolve local mechanisms
and capacity to handle management and service delivery became more acute. Patchy and sporadic
data coverage and major issues in data validity and reliability hamper decision making and
management. Before the passage of the ESGO, Gilgit-Baltistan relied solely on federal funding;
disbursements which were often less than allocations. This financial weakness is a major concern
for the province to contend with in its Strategy implementation process.


To improve the health of all the people in Gilgit Baltistan, particularly women and children, through universal access to affordable quality essential health services and delivered through resilient and responsive health system, read to attain sustainable Development Goals and fulfil its other health responsibilities


Provision of continuous and quality preventive and curative medical services at the doorsteps of people of Gilgit-Baltistan


To address primary, secondary, and tertiary health care problems and provide promotive, preventive, curative, and appropriate rehabilitative services to the entire population of Gilgit Baltistan.


  • Measurable impact on SDGs through improvement in the health delivery services with a significant reduction in the incidence of diseases.
  • Implementation of a standardized service delivery package in the devolved set-up.
  • Better Health Management System (HMS).
  • A well-thought-out strategy to be implemented for patient care.
  • Reduction in poverty; and social protection for vulnerable population groups.
  • Focus on preventive health particularly in the rural areas.
  • Improved primary, secondary and tertiary health care services through an effective and quality referral system and optimal utilization of health facilities
  • Enhanced capacity building for planning, costing, and budgeting.
  • Improved staff capacity for data analysis research and evidence-based planning
  • Enhance community participation and public-private partnership
  • Giving due share to the private sector in public policy.


  • Improving efficiency through good governance
  • Enhance supervision and monitoring
  • Budget allocation for procurement of advanced and well-equipped biomedical equipment, ambulances etc.
  • Conducting base line studies to determine epidemiological information/disease burden of the area
  • ¬†Enhancing staff capacity
  • Strengthening Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) at DHQ Hospitals
  • ¬†Establishing Mobile Healthcare Services
  • Strengthening Labor and Obstetrics Services
  • Establishing quality Radio-diagnostic facilities; CT-Scan, MRI, Pathology lab. etc
  • Establishing Tehsil level Cardiac Centres
  • Establishing Union council level Community Eye Care
  • Establishing 100 seated Medical College through Public Private Partnership
  • Establishing General Nursing School
  • Initiation of House Job facility at DHQ Hospital, Gilgit and its recognition from PMC


  • Provision of curative, preventive, and promotive healthcare services.
  • Ensure family planning and reproductive healthcare services delivery.
  • Prevention and control of infectious and contagious diseases.
  • Eradication/Control of Tuberculosis.
  • Health information system maintenance for regular monitoring and situation analysis of the health status of the population.
  • Eradication/Control of Malaria.
  • Inculcation of Health education among the population and Nutrition activities.
  • Nutrition and publicity in regard to food.
  • Provision of preventive care including vaccination and inoculation.
  • Provision of maternity and child welfare.
  • Port Quarantine.
  • Regulation of medical and other health-related professional qualifications and standards.
  • Implementation of Medical Practitioners (National Service) Act, 1950
  • Regulate Indigenous systems of medicine.
  • Medical Attendance of Government Servants.
  • Levy of fees by Medical Officers.
  • Introduce laws to govern the medical and nursing council.
  • Control on medical drugs, poisons, and dangerous drugs (Drugs Act and Rules)
  • Establish medical institutions, chemical examination laboratories, and Blood transfusion services in GB.
  • Collection, compilation, registration, and analysis of vital health statistics and population estimates for future projections.
  • Service matters except those entrusted to SGAD Department.