St. Monica Health Centre–Katende
The Health Unit is called St. Monica Health Centre–Katende a grade III Health Centre and a Private not for Profit (PNFP). It was founded in 1914 by Rev. Fr. Loben who was by then a parish Priest of Our Lady of Consolata-Katende. It started as maternity unit service to cater for mothers of the community to arrest the so many complications face by then.
In 1979 the facility was destroyed by the war and re-constructed in 1988 by the benefactor from United States of America (USA) through Rev. Msgr. Dr. Kannyike Lawrence of Kampala Archdiocese. The purpose of re-construction, was to render preventive, curative, promotion and education to the people of God faced with problem in as far as health is concerned.
It is located in Katende Catholic Parish of Kampala Archdiocese, Kiringente Sub-county in Mawokota North, Mpigi District, and 18 miles along Kampala – Masaka Highway.
TARGET AND COVERAGE ESTMETION LOCATED BY THE DISTRICT
Total population in the service area is 7964
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH HEALTH SERVICE IN UGANDA
The mission of Roman Catholic Church is based on imitation of Christ and His deeds, to promote life to the full and heal.
These services are committed to a holistic approach in healing by treating and preventing diseases with preferred option for the less privileged.
A health and reconciled life for all individuals, their families and communities.
The individuals, the families and the communities pursue a holistically health life style.
The families and the communities are empowered to accompany those who suffer. Hence finds support, care and treatment in a spirit of Christian solidarity.
KAMPALA ARCHDIOCESE STATEMENT
To promote life to the full by imitating Christ and His deeds using the existing health professionals to treat in a Holistic Manner and share Information as a team
A happy and health population living harmoniously.
- A functional and active Diocesan Health Unit whose services benefit the existing community.
- Reduce morbidity and mortality rate through strengthened preventive and curative measures.
- Improve communication at Diocesan Health Unit, Diocesan Health Office and Diocesan Health Board with internal and external partners.
- Ensure efficiency use of human and financial resources for the Diocesan Health Department.
Hence the Health Unit follows the above in delivering Health Care Services that is preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative measures to the people of God in the communities.
SERVISES OFFERED BY THE HEALTH CENTRE
- Outpatient Department
- Inpatient Department
- Maternity services
- Antenatal and postnatal services
- Laboratory services
- Primary Health Care Services
- Psychosocial support, testing, treatment and care to HIV/AIDS patient/clients.
- Pastoral care of the sick
- Nutritional assessment
HEALTH UNIT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (HUMC)
The HUMC is nominated by the Parish Priest who submits names to the parish council for approval and then approved names are forwarded to the Diocesan Health Office (DHC) for appointments.
Composition of HUMC
The committee is composed of: Parish Priest representing the Diocese, representative from IHMR congregation, DH, Health unit in-charge, Technical person in Health issue, Political leader, Women representative, Religious representative, Youth representative, Co-opted representative, Staff representative
Sub-committees of HUMC
- Financial and Development committee
- Appointment and disciplinary committee
The health unit has technical and support staff for the day to day proper running of the facility. They are allocated accordingly and duty roster is displayed for guidance.
Technical Staff: Support staff:
- Two Clinical officers 1. One Accountant/Secretary
- One Registered Midwife 2. Assistant Cashier
- Two Enrolled Nurse 3. One Records Assistant
- Enrolled Midwives 4. One Drug store Attendant
- One Laboratory technician 5. One driver
- One Laboratory Assistant 6. Two watchmen
- One Comprehensive Nurse 7. Two cleaners/compound
- One Assistant Councilor 8. One Gardner
- One Records Assistant 9. One cook
- One Dentist (Part timer)
- Lack of enough staff quarters
- Lack of a concrete fence for the facility for security
- Lack of some essential equipment in Laboratory and Dental department
- Inadequate funds for both running daily activities and development
- Need for Out Patient Department (OPD) renovation to look more smart and clean
- Veranda for Maternity ward needs some repairs
- Salaries of our Staff still law compared to Government
- (ACT)AIV/AIDS program not fully funded yet numbers are growing
- Electricity bills are very high
- Look for another source of funding for the development of the unit rather than user fees.
- Purchase a new Microscope, Electrical Centrifuge, a solar fridge
- Purchase of dental equipments
- Renovation of OPD, Canteen and Maternity veranda
- Establish a private wing for those who can afford
- Construct a staff quarter
- Fencing the Health Centre for security.
- Expansion of ACT(HIV/AIDS program) clinic by looking for other donors
- Continuous proposal writing
Sr. Cecilia Najjingo
Health Unit In-charge