Kitovu Hospital

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Kitovu Hospital
Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau
Location Kitovu, Masaka District,  Uganda
Coordinates Coordinates: 00°20′42″S 31°45′27″E / 0.34500°S 31.75750°E / -0.34500; 31.75750
Care system Private
Hospital type Community
Emergency department I
Beds 250
Founded 1955
Website Homepage
Other links Hospitals in Uganda

Kitovu Hospital is a hospital in Kitovu, a neighborhood within the city of Masaka, Masaka District, Central Uganda. It is a private, community hospital, serving the town of Masaka and surrounding areas. It runs a specialist program to repair obstetric fistulas; one of about six centers in the country that can do so. The hospital is located in the neighborhood called Kitovu, in the town of Masaka, in Masaka District, in Central Uganda. This location is approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), by road, east of the central business district of Masaka.[1] Masaka lies approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and the largest city in that country.[2]


Kitovu Hospital is a private, non-profit, community hospital owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Masaka and is accredited by the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau. The hospital is administered by the Daughters of Mary Sisters, an indigenous religious congregation. The original planned capacity was 200 in-patient beds. However, as of January 2014, the hospital has more than 250 in-patient beds.

The hospital has a comprehensive community based primary healthcare program, including an HIV/AIDS treatment center. Other specialized units include a regional blood bank, a neonatal care unit, a nutritional rehabilitation unit and a school for laboratory assistants. The hospital also serves as an Internship Hospital in collaboration with Makerere University School of Medicine. The area served by the hospital extends to the neighboring districts of Sembabule, Lyantonde, Bukomansimbi, Kalangala and Rakai.[3]

Kitovu Hospital has 31 beds dedicated to the treatment of patients suffering from obstetric fistula, also referred to as vesicovaginal fistula (VVF).[4] There are only six or so hospitals in Uganda with the expertize to carry out the necessary surgery in these cases. Those hospitals include: (1) Kitovu Hospital (2) Mulago National Referral Hospital (3) Hoima Regional Referral Hospital (4) Nsambya Hospital (5) Kagando Hospital (6) Lacor Hospital.[5]


At the invitation of the late Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka (1899 - 1966), the first African Roman Catholic Bishop in sub-Saharan Africa, the Sisters of the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) founded a First Aid Post at Kitovu, Masaka, Uganda in 1955. The institution initially offered out-patient services only. Later, in-patient services were introduced. The MMM Sisters administered the hospital from 1955 until 2001 when they handed over the running of the hospital to the current administrators.[6]

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