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Ilembula Lutheran Hospital is a health facility owned and run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Southern Diocese (SD). It provides a wide variety of health care services such as Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery, Gynaecology, and Obstetrics, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Orphanage and Nutrition Rehabilitation Units, T.B/Leprosy as well as Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) clinics. It is a teaching hospital for Nurse and Midwife Students of Ilembula School of Nursing. It is also used as a practical research place for other students both from within the country and from abroad. Its surgical and outpatients clinics are always tightly engaged.
The hospital has a bed capacity of 317 beds out of these beds the government, through the Ministry of Health, gives a bed grant for 150 beds and a staff grant for 47 employees. However, both the bed and staff grants need to be revised and increased because they were calculated more than 20 years ago. Since then, the hospital's number of staff, catchment area and the catchment population have increased more than three times. At present the catchment area of the hospital is 15,000 sq km inhabited by a catchment population of more than 450,000 people.
The hospital has a total number of staff of 165. Of these staff, there are three Missionary doctors. The other staff are two doctors, who are seconded to this hospital by the Ministry of Health. The remaining staff are employed by the hospital. These staff include four doctors, 11 Nursing Officers, 13 Clinical Officers, 61 Nurses and Midwives and 71 other workers.
More information about the hospital you can find in the Annual Report.