Bugando Medical Centre – History, Cancer Centre, Location and More

Bugando Medical Centre Mwanza Tanzania – History, Cancer Centre, Location and More

The Episcopal Convention of the Catholic Bishops located in Tanzania owns the BMC [Bugando Medical Centre], a tertiary care health facility. Tanzania’s Ministry of Healthcare and Social Welfare collaborates on the operation of the hospital.

Bugando Medical Centre Tanzania Location

The Bugando Medical Centre is situated along the south shorelines of Lake Victoria in the town of Mwanza, in the Mwanza District. By road, this is around 1,114 kilometres [692 miles] north-western of Dar es Salaam, the country’s financial capital and biggest city. The hospital’s geographic locations are 2°31’41.0″S, 32°54’27.0″E. [Longitude:32.907500; Latitude: -2.528056].

Bugando Medical Centre Address

Overview of the Bugando Medical Centre

The Catholic Institute of Healthcare and Allied Sciences is linked with Bugando Medical Centre, which serves as a teaching, research, tertiary referral, and treatment of cancer hospital. Bugando Medical Centre has 950 inpatient beds that cover a wide spectrum of surgical and medical disciplines. More than 1,300 people work at the facility.

Bugando Cancer Centre

In Tanzania, an approximated 35,000 new cancer cases were reported in 2014, with roughly 21,000 [60 %] dying that year. Just two cancer hospitals exist in the country, with the central hospital, Ocean Road Cancer Hospital, located in Dar es Salaam, the financial centre. The cancer section of BMC [Bugando Medical Centre] is Tanzania’s second and the only public cancer care centre, serving the country’s estimated 58 million people. The hospital raised TSh1.34 billion [about $580,000] in February 2021 as part of fundraising to expand and upgrade the institution. When fully operational, the Bugando Cancer care Centre will be able to treat 120 patients per day.

History of the Bugando Medical Centre

Julius Kambarage Nyerere
Julius Kambarage Nyerere

The Catholic Church constructed this hospital between 1968 to 1977. Tanzania’s first president, Julius Nyerere, declared it open on November 3rd, 1971. The government nationalized the hospital in 1972. However, it was returned to the Roman Catholic church in Tanzania 13 years later, with the acceptance that the hospital would be managed as a regional referral health centre for the Lake Zone, which incorporates 8 of Tanzania’s 31 districts [with a total population of 14 mill in 2017], with the assistance of the Tanzanian government.

Bugando Medical Centre Services

Bugando Medical Centre provided specialized services to multiple clinical areas as of 2017:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Contagious Diseases [such as Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS]
  • Oncology (Cancer Care)
  • Nose, Ear, and Throat
  • Urology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • General Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
  • Critical Care
  • Gastroentology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Psychiatry

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