The total number of hospitals both public and private in Uganda is 155. Among these, two are National Referral Hospitals (Mulago and Butabika), 14 are Regional Referral Hospitals and 139 are General Hospitals. Hospitals are major contributors to outputs of essential clinical care and take up a large volume of human and financial resources. There are 139 GHs in the country providing; preventive, promotive outpatient curative, maternity, inpatient, emergency surgery and blood transfusion and laboratory services.

The following are some of the hospitals in different parts of the country from which Ugandans can get treatment for their health;

Mulago Hospital is the main National Regional Hospital in Uganda that was founded in 1913 for It also serves as a general hospital for the Kampala metropolitan. It’s Mission is to provide super specialized healthcare, training and conducting operational research in line with the requirements of Ministry of Health.

Kiryandongo Hospital is located 225Km along the Kampala – Gulu highway. It is a 109 bed hospital serving a population of over 400,000 people from areas of Kiryandongo, Masindi, Nakasongola, Oyam, Apac, Amuru and Nwoya districts. The hospital offers a number of services including; OPD, inpatient, Opthalmology, X-ray, ultra sound, Orthopedics, health promotion and education, occupational therapy, HIV immunization, environmental health, special clinics among others. It was constructed because of its proximity on the highway of Kampala to Gulu and there was no any other hospitals in the region expect Masindi hospital that was considered to be far.

Kabale Regional Referral Hospital is a 280 bed hospital located in Kabale Municipality in Southwestern Uganda. The hospital serves a population of about 2 million people in the districts of kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Kanungu and some parts of Ntungamo as well as people from neighboring countries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Mission of the hospital is to provide quality and sustainable, general and specialized, health services to all people in Kigezi region.

Arua Hospital was elevated to a regional referral facility in 1994. The Hospital is a public hospital, funded by the Uganda Ministry of Health and general care in the hospital is free. It is one of the thirteen Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda. The hospital is designated as one of the fifteen Internship Hospitals in Uganda where graduates of Ugandan medical schools can serve one year of internship under the supervision of qualified specialists and consultants.

China-Uganda Friendship Hospital Naguru is donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and was completed and handed over to the Government of Uganda on 6th January 2012. Naguru Hospital is a meant to reduce patients from Mulago National Referral Hospital, the only general public hospital serving an estimated 3 million inhabitants of the Kampala Metropolitan Area. The hospital has a vision of being a centre of excellence in providing specialized and general health services.

Hoima Regional Referral Hospital is located in Hoima Municipality, about 200 km west of Kampala. The hospital caters for populations of the Greater Bunyoro Region, encompassing the districts of Bunyoro viz: Hoima, Kibale, Masindi, Bulisa, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga and the Eastern part of DR Congo; overall grossing over 3 million people. The present bed capacity is 300. The hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Uganda, dating as far back as 1935. Initially, it was meant to serve a very small population at district level but in 1994 it was upgraded to referral status targeting the greater Bunyoro Region.


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