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                                            IZIMBYA HOSPITAL


     1. Ashort history of Izimbya Hospital.
Izimbya Lutheran Hospital is a Council Designated Hospital for the Bukoba District Council, in Kagera region in the North Western part of Tanzania.The hospital is a non profit making hospital owned and run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, North Western Diocese in partnership with the Bukoba District Council.

 Izimbya started way back in 1965, as a small unit to cater for the surrounding population but as years passed-by, the demand of service was increasing and thus in 1991, the unit was upgraded to the level of a Health Centre. Again in 2008, the centre was upgraded to be a hospital which later on in 2012,October, was designated to become a Council hospital for the Bukoba District Council.
 The approved beds for hospital are 120, but the current operating beds are 96.The hospital services include curative and preventive thus the hospital renders services of a general hospital and some specialized services in Obstetric and Gynaecology.
Izimbya hospital is an upcountry hospital situated in Rubale Division, Bukoba District Council in Tanzania which is about 70 kilometers away from Bukoba Municipality. Its geographical environment is good and accessibility is all the year round.
2. (a) The Vision of the Hospital

To provide holistic quality health care to the community of Bukoba District Council whereby physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs are met and balanced peaceful and joyful life.
   (b) The Mission of the Hospital
To witness and glorify God through provision of holistic, affordable and accessible quality health care supported by the Government/ Community and Stakeholders


3.Long term plans.
 As a Council Designated hospital the following are the long term plans:-
(i)To increase service buildings like,
.Wards-Paediatric Ward, Male Ward
.Operating Theatre
.Dental/Eye clinic
.Administration block etc.

(ii)To increase hospital staff quarters:-
       2 buildings of 10 compartments each
       2 buildings of 3 compartments each
(iii) To strengthen departments like:-
        Radiology-X-Ray machine.
       Ultrasound Machine
        Laboratory
        Theatre
        Dental Clinic
        Eye Clinic
(iv) To acquire an Ambulance Van
(v) To devise a staff retention Scheme
(b)Short term plans.
    (i) Renovation of domestic water pumping system and increase rain water harvesting   capacity
   (ii) Renovation /reinforcement of the hospital fence and demarcation the hospital genuine land
  (iii) Recruiting enough hospital staff as per establishment
  (iv) Planting of trees in the open hospital land
  (v) Renovation of existing hospital buildings
   (vi ) Computerizing hospital data base and financial control system
   (vii) Improve communication system.
    4.Challenges;
     (i)High staff turnover on qualified staff
     (ii)Meager financial resource to support staff  retention
     (iii)Inadequate community understanding on nutrition use in relation to health promotion
     (iv)Late coming to hospital due to community going for alternative medicine first
     (v)Inadequate infrastructure
    (vi) Keeping abreast with globalization in health


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