Brief Background / Physical location of the Office
Health Services in Fort Portal Diocese begun in a humble way with a clinic at Virika by the White Sisters in 1911. The health Services then were mainly curative. Gradually the clinic grew into the current Holy Family Virika hospital with current bed capacity of 207 Other than the hospital, the Diocese extends health services to the people through the current 13 lower level health units in the 6 districts of Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.
In a bid to address HIV/AIDS comprehensively, the Diocese created a fully fledged HIV/AIDS Focal Point Office in order to allow this office full mandate to oversee and implement HIV/AIDS health –related and social services at the community level. This Office has been in existence since 2003. These are some of the HIV/AIDS services run by HIV/AIDS office: Promoting HIV/AIDS prevention especially among married couples and the youth, strengthening capacity of staff, availability and effective use of social services, Orphans and Vulnerable Children interventions just to mention a few.
The Offices of the Health Commission are situated 2 kilometres South of Fort Portal Municipality, along Fort Portal-Kasese road, on Virika Hill, behind Virika Cathedral, near CARITAS offices.
The Mission of the Catholic Health Services in Fort Portal Diocese is derived from the mission of the Roman Catholic Church, which has a mandate, based on the imitation of Christ and His deeds:
“To promote life to the full and to heal with preference to less privileged and vulnerable groups like women, children, the financially destitute and the chronically ill”. To this purpose the Diocesan health units are non-profit making institutions of the church.
The Diocesan health services are committed to a holistic, integrated, and sustainable action in health. This includes prevention, treatment, promotion, and education/training.
The Staff in all the Diocesan Health Institutions commit their energies, knowledge and skills to serving the ‘WHOLE’ Person in all aspects of life following in the Footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ Who came to the world that His people may have life to the full; Gospel of St. John 10:10. This holistic service is expressed in the package of services mainly curative, preventive, rehabilitation though counseling and guidance, and Clinical Pastoral Care rendered to ALL without discrimination. Those who come to our health institutions go back happy having met “The Healing Christ” in our Staff.