Celebrations To Commemorate 120 Years Of Mengo Hospital

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May 23, 2017

Celebrations To Commemorate 120 Years Of Mengo Hospital

Mengo Hospital made one hundred and twenty years this year, 2017. A number of activities were held to commemorate the 120th Anniversary:

Prayers on the 22nd February to mark Founders’ Day held at Centenary Chapel

Prayers are held on 22nd February every year to mark the day when Sir Albert Cook introduced modern medicine in Uganda, with one camp bed as the clinic, under a tree.

The main celebrant for the Holy Communion Service the Rev. Festo Kalungi, Vicar, Namirembe Cathedral was assisted by the Hospital Chaplain, the Rev. Prosi Semanda with her husband, (a retired Reverend)

The three-day free Medical Camp held from 21st to 23rd March 2017 at the Hospital premises

The Free Medical Camp was the second activity held to mark the 120th Anniversary and lasted three days; from 20th to 22nd March, 2017. Hundreds of people rushed to Mengo Hospital for the golden opportunity to access free medical checkups and treatment on those memorable days. Many women were screened for cervical and breast cancer. Several   people had eye, dental and general body checkups. The Surgery department offered free testing for hernia and provided free surgical operations for a few them.

The 1st Ever Sir Albert Cook Memorial Lecture

The first ever Sir Albert Cook Memorial Lecture was held on the evening of Wednesday

22nd March 2017, at Makerere University. The Key- Note Speaker was Dr Emmanuel Luyirika, Executive Director Africa Palliative Care Association. The Memorial Lecture  with the theme:Holistic, Patient-Centered Care; A Key  Transformation Strategy in Modern Medical Practice attracted a cross section of delegates among them;  the Academia, the Mengo Hospital leadership, members of the Medical Fraternity; Stakeholders; Partners; the Clergy & the Laity; Well-wishers, staff& students of Mengo Hospital. In his presentation, Dr Luyirika traced the history of Mengo Hospital emphasized the legacy left by the Founder, Dr Sir Albert Cook. He requested management and staff of Mengo Hospital to uphold it. Please read full presentation provided.


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The Open Day

The general public was given opportunity to visit the Hospital to get acquainted with the services that the hospital offers. The Open Day was held on Thursday 23rd March 2017. Visitors were taken on a guided tour by the   Manager General Outpatients Department, Justine Nalwadda, together with the Customer Care Officer Mrs. Sarah Kibowa, and were also shown a Mengo Hospital Video tracing how the work started and the achievements registered to date.

The Processional March around the City Centre

The Processional March around the City Centre preceded the re-launch of Friends of Mengo Uganda Association. Management, staff, students and well-wishers marched from Mengo Hospital, t to City Centre and back to Mengo. They were led by the Namirembe Boys Brigade Brass Band who played both Christian and patriotic songs. The Hospital Administrator, Godfrey Ssemmanda was the Chief Walker. Many people joined the March.


Staff, students and well-wishers happily participate in the Processional March

Re-launching of Friends of Mengo Association Uganda; the Signatures.
The 120th Anniversary celebrations also saw the re – launching of Friends Mengo Uganda Chapter, on Friday 25th March 2017. The colourful ceremony was held at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala. It attracted people from different walks of life; young and old; individuals; couples; and representatives from various institutions. Several people appended their signatures on the Sir Albert Cook Portrait painted in the hall that evening, to affirm their membership to Friends of Mengo Uganda. The famous Afrigo Band with the likes of Joanita Kawalya Kaggwa and Magoola plus team, thrilled the audience.

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The Thanks giving Service at Namirembe Cathedral

To crown the  120 Anniversary  celebrations,  a Thanks giving service for the 120 years was held at Namirembe Cathedral on 26thMarch 2017.  Some Trustees, members of the Board, the Hospital Management Team, staff and students, partners and well-wishers attended the Thanksgiving Service. The main celebrant was Retired Bishop of Mityana Dioceses, the Rt. Rev. Dunstan Bukenya. The Mengo Hospital Choir led the praise and worship during the service. After the service, wreaths were laid on the two graves of Dr Sir Albert Cook and that of his wife, located at Namirembe Cathedral.

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