Virika Hospital

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Virika Hospital
Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau
Location Fort Portal, Kabarole District,  Uganda
Care system Private
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university Uganda Martyrs University
Emergency department I
Beds 155
Founded 1911
Website Homepage
Other links Hospitals in Uganda

Holy Family Virika Hospital, commonly referred to as Virika Hospital, is a private, community hospital, in Fort Portal, Kabarole District, Western Uganda. The hospital is located along the Fort Portal-Kasese Road, within the central business district of the town of Fort Portal, in Western Uganda, in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Fort Portal lies approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), west of Kampala, the capital.[1]


Holy Family Virika Hospital is a private, non-profit, community hospital owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal. It is accredited to the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, and it is administered by the Sisters of the Daughters of Saint Thereza of the Child Jesus, a religious congregation. The hospital serves patients from within Kabarole District and from the neighboring districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kibaale. The hospital runs the Bishop Magambo Counselor Training Institute, which offers a Master of Arts in Counseling degree, in collaboration with Uganda Martyrs University.[2]


Founded as a dispensary in 1911, by the White Sisters of our Lady of Africa, Virika Hospital gradually developed from those humble beginnings. In 1962 the hospital was handed over to the Medical Mission Sisters who expanded the facilities and established the Virika School of Nursing. The hospital was handed over to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal in 1975. The diocese entrusted the management of the institution to the religious congregation of the Sisters of the Daughters of Saint Thereza of the Child Jesus. In February 1994, Virika hospital suffered major earthquake damage affecting 95% of the buildings. Repairs to the damage lasted from 1995 until 2000.[3]

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Coordinates: 00°38′58″N 30°16′21″E / 0.64944°N 30.27250°E / 0.64944; 30.27250