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Welcome to Kitovu Hospital, Masaka, Uganda
“In Christ we serve”
Kitovu Health Care Complex, known as St. Joseph’s Hospital, is located in Masaka town, Uganda, about 140km from the capital Kampala. It is a 248 bed Private Not for Profit (PNFP) Hospital, operating under the umbrella organization of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB).
Kitovu is a general hospital offering:
- 24-hour emergency service
- Neo-Natal/Baby Unit
- Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Repair (VVF) and Prevention
- Pastoral Care
- Intern and Outreach Programs
- Laboratory Training School
(See History & Development Page for more information).
By Sr. Dr. Maura Lynch
When Kitovu Fistula Camps (four regular camps per year) were first inaugurated, Barbara Doherty, wife of Dr. Peter Doherty (whose generosity built the first fistula repair unit in Uganda and was officially opened in 2005) suggested and funded that a new dress to be given to each repaired fistula lady on discharge. As we dressed the happy women in their new dresses, it struck us that they also needed new panties to celebrate their renewed dignity after successful operations (when incontinent, the women with fistula used rags and plastic bags to hide their constant wetness). I mentioned the need to other women as I fund-raised by relating the plight of the women with birth injury incontinence in Uganda. Soon gifts of panties began to arrive by post to Kitovu and the “Panty Project” was born. Up to the present, we receive gift packets of new panties mostly from my friends in Ireland (Yvonne and Mai) and through Church of Ireland in Kildare (and even “seconds” from other organizations and firms — F/F Tesco here sent us panties and bras).
And the excitement continues every time we distribute the lovely panties to each lady after repair. She is discharged dry, happy and with new dignity to be re-inserted (re-integrated) into the community and social life from which she felt she was previously rejected and marginalized.
Nutrition Rehabilitation. Severely malnourished children are admitted at the hospital for nutrition rehabilitation and treatment. These go back healthy and happy. The care takers are also taught how to feed the children on a balanced diet using locally available foods. This has brought incredible results in the lives of hundreds of children. Every single dollar given towards this work saves lives.
Supporting children beyond nutrition:
These children go back home happy and are even enrolled in school. If you wish to support a needy child beyond nutrition rehabilitation, you can contact the projects office through the Complex Director.
Construction project. Kitovu Hospital is currently fundraising for the construction of a new multipurpose building to replace the Out Patient Department (OPD). The current OPD, which was constructed in 1955 by the Medical Missionaries of Mary, can not accommodate today’s growing patient population. This project will bring a number of services under one roof. It will include the medical ward, laboratory, data room, doctors’ offices and a conference room. The project will be constructed in phases. Water which will be harvested from this building will reduce the cost of water by approximately 40%. Below is the Architectural plan for the New OPD.
Radiology Department. This is one of the center pillar departments in the hospital. The current x-ray has served for 15 years and it is beyond its usage lifespan. It almost triples the dose of radiation during operation. There is a great need to buy a new one. This will have a huge impact to patients and the staff.
Thank you for your concern towards the people of Uganda
Our school was started back in 1986 by Sister Davnet O’Kane from the Medical Missionaries of Mary (M.M.M) Sisters, initially with just four students. It started with the purpose of training staffs for the hospital laboratory. As the demand for staff increased, the school got bigger. Until 1988 it ran, thanks to the generous financing of CAFOD, MISEREOR and CEBEMO, but in 1999 it had to stop operating due to a lack of continuing funds.
In 2004 the Ministry of Health asked Kitovu to revive it, and so it officially reopened in 2005. Since the schools revival 65 students have been trained.
- Age limit: 18 – 30 years
- The minimum entry requirement is “O Level” with students who must have passed Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Mathematics, to trains them to be Laboratory and Theatre assistants over a period of two years. Today the school is equipped with adequate infrastructures (i.e. hostels and classrooms), practical requirement and professional tutors and Clinical instructors to enable all students get more skills.
Number of students affordable per course and per entry
|Course||Number of students|
|Certificate in Medical Laboratory Techniques||30|
|Certificate in Medical Theatre Techniques||30|
Initially since 1986, the Health Training School had only one course (Certificate in Medical Laboratory Techniques) until 2015/2016 academic year when the second course (Certificate in Medical Theatre Techniques was introduced.
Duration per course:
|Certificate in Medical Laboratory Techniques||2 years||4 Semesters (2 semesters per year)|
|Certificate in Medical Theatre Techniques||2 years||4 semesters (2 semesters per year)|
On addition to the above courses, the school teaches computer application to students as one of the mandatory packages, thus skilling them for a new technological world.
The Pastoral Care Unit of the School has existed since 1986, providing psycho social and pastoral care, as well as counseling to those in need. Kitovu has a full time Chaplain, Father Joseph Matovu, who is responsible for spiritual assistance for the students. He is assisted by three trained pastoral care givers among which one is a Daughter of Mary Sister. As well as celebrating Masses every day for students, patients and staff. Students are given chances to share spiritual knowledge basing on biblical teachings, thus putting themselves in the awe of God.
ACTIVITIES DONE BY STUDENTS (In Theatre, at the Laboratory and on the Wards)
- Students learn how to perform several Laboratory procedures, how to interpret the results, recording and dispatch of results to respective clients.
- They do the disinfecting of the re-usable material like the slides and among others.
- They do the disinfecting of the working benches.