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.
FACE AND PART OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL
The school is composed of the hostels for ladies and gents, classrooms, library, practical laboratory, computer laboratories, offices, and the students dining hall as partially shown below;
FACE OF THE HEALTH TRAINING SCHOOL CLASSROOM 1 AND LIBRARY CLASSROOM 2 AND PRACTICAL ROOM 1 COMPUTER LABORATORY/RESOURCE CENTRE STUDENTS' HOSTELS
OTHER REQUIRED SKILLS OF LIFE
LEADERSHIP. Apart from the skills they attain from their professions, students are practically taught the leadership skills through contesting on students leadership as guild president, vice guild president, guild speaker, education minister, assistant education minister, mess minister, assistant mess minister, sports minister for ladies and gents, health minister, entertainment minister, assistant entertainment minister, liturgy minister, assistant liturgy minister, residential minister for ladies and gents and the information minister.
SPIRITUAL SPHERES. Students are given chances to share spiritual knowledge basing on biblical teachings, thus putting themselves in the awe of God.
Since 2005, St. Joseph’s Hospital Kitovu Health Training School, has received a number of graduates as indicated in the table bellow;
|PERIOD||NUMBER OF GRADUANTS|
A total of 100 Laboratory students graduated on 5th Dec 2013. These students are professionally equipped in laboratory techniques and they are bridging the gap of scarcity of laboratory technicians within the area. Laboratory Training School is now planning the construction of the multipurpose hall which will enable the school to have a place for assemblies and other vital meetings. These are very vital in the training of Lab students. Your support counts much towards the implementation of projects at the hospital. We are proud of these graduates.