The hospital operates as a tertiary care facility, working with patients who cannot be served by village doctors or smaller, local hospitals. The majority of incoming patients require immediate medical care or surgery due to trauma or complicated diseases. An epidemic of AIDS in the region has led to many of the patients, half of them children, to test positive for the HIV virus. Bugando Medical Centre is a hospital in crisis and many life saving operations are put off due to lack of essential medical and surgical supplies and/or qualified personnel to administer treatment.
The hospital has a very busy maternity department, delivering 600 babies per month. As such the gynaecology department is almost always full. In addition the hospital has an active obstetric fistula surgey centre, assisting women from the region who have developed fistulas and require treatment.
The clinic is associated with Weill Cornell Medical College Mwanza, Tanzania, and is also assisted by Direct Relief International to help improve its services and care. (Ten is not responsible for external content.)
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
|Local language||Swahili and English (used in higher education and the courts)|
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