On 22nd March 2022 Mengo Hospital held a thanksgiving service to commemorate 125 years of service at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe Namirembe Cathedral.
The Archbishop of the province Church of Uganda-His Grace Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu who was the main celebrant called upon all medical practioners to resist corruption and give saving lives a priority and also to strive to save other people’s lives and to be mindful of taking care of both physical and spiritual lives
Mengo hospital yesterday marked 125 years of service in a colorful thanksgiving service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe.
The Bishop of Namirembe Diocese also attended the thanksgiving service; while addressing the congregation, Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira thanked the fraternity of Mengo Hospital for their commendable service they have given to Uganda and the world at large.
He added that as Church of Uganda the foundation body of the hospital they have no doubt that the hospital is progressing very well. #MengoCares.
A brief history about Mengo Hospital.
Ssekabaka Muteesa 1 (King of Buganda invited Missionaries to come to Uganda. By the second half of the 19th century, Christianity and western medical care had not reached Uganda. Ugandans were in “spiritual darkness’ they believed in spiritual in and practiced witch craft. Diseases like sleeping sickness and Syphilis were occurring at a epidemic levels in the country. Realizing that his subjects needed the “light”, the king of Buganda Ssekabaka Mutees a 1 invited men of good will from England to come and evangelize; to bring the “light” that consisted of important elements namely; Evangelism, Healthcare, and Education . It is upon this that the founding of Mengo Hospital rose. In response to the team was a Physician, Dr. Sir Albert Ruskin Cook (RIP) who arrived in Uganda in Uganda on 15th February 1897. Soon after his arrival, Dr. Cook realized that if he were to minister to the spiritual lives of the people of Uganda, he had to give attention to their enormous physical problems as well as Consequently, on 22nd February 1897, Sir Dr. Cook held his first outpatient clinic under a tree on Namirembe Hill, present day Mengo Hospital. With that single event, the first seed for the Christian medical work in Uganda was plated. Ever since, that work has continued to grow and develop in size and scope uninterrupted for the 125 years. Thus Mengo Hospital started the journey of being a “Christian Medical Witness”