Mengo Hospital

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Mengo Hospital
Church of Uganda
Group photo at the opening of the new Mengo Hospital, Uganda, Wellcome L0038275.jpg
Group photo at the opening of the new Mengo Hospital, Uganda, Wellcome Trust
Location Namirembe Hill, Kampala District,  Uganda
Care system Private, non-profit
Hospital type Community hospital
Affiliated university Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Emergency department I
Beds 300
Founded 1897
Other links Hospitals in Uganda

Mengo Hospital, also known as Namirembe Hospital, is a hospital in Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.


The hospital is located on Namirembe Hill in Lubaga Division in northwestern Kampala. The travel distance, by road, from the city's central business district to Mengo Hospital is approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi). The coordinates of Mengo Hospital are 0°18'46.0"N, 32°33'30.0"E (Latitude:0.312778; Longitude:32.558333).[1]


Mengo Hospital is the oldest hospital in Uganda. It was established by Albert Ruskin Cook in 1897. At the beginning, the hospital belonged to the Church Missionary Society. In 1958, the hospital was handed over by the Church Missionary Society to an independent and autonomous Board of Governors and Registered Trustees.[2]

Today, the hospital is an urban community hospital with all the amenities of a modern hospital in sub-Saharan Africa. It houses the Ernest Cook Radiology Department, named after Ernest Cook, the nephew of Albert Cook, who brought the first X-Ray machine to East Africa in 1907 and installed it at Mengo Hospital. The X-Ray department is located within the Sr. Albert Cook Building. The Department houses the Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI). ECUREI offers ordinary and advanced diploma courses in ultrasonography and degrees in medical imaging. The institute is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is also collaborates with Fontys University in the Netherlands in its training programs.[3]

Medical school[edit]

In March 2016, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported that Mengo Hospital was negotiating with Uganda Christian University, in Mukono to establish a medical school at the hospital. No time-frame was disclosed.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google. "Location of Mengo Hospital At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Waiswa, Juliet (27 April 2012). "Achievements of Mengo Hospital-Mengo Hospital Supplement". New Vision. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Ssempogo, Herbert (7 November 2005). "Radiology Institute Opened". New Vision. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Nalubega, Leilah (19 March 2016). "Mengo Hospital & UCU plan joint medical school". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 

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Coordinates: 00°18′46″N 32°33′30″E / 0.31278°N 32.55833°E / 0.31278; 32.55833