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About Itojo

About Itojo

Itojo is a small trading centre within a short distance from Ntungamo ~ and, if lucky, you may even glimpse families of monkeys that inhabit the roadside swamps if you walk there! The centre has around thirty shops lining the road that runs from Mbarara to Kabale and you can buy many things there from cigarettes, alcohol, shoes and sundries but if you're looking for a bigger shopping area, you'd be better off visiting Ntungamo itself. Itojo also has a number of churches and schools with a number of Ruhanga village children boarding there both at Hillside Academy (secondary education) and Itojo Primary as well as other schools. It also has a police station and  is perhaps best known for its hospital (see opposite) which serves a wide area and is the only reachable venue where surgery can be conducted.

About Itojo: Pork Joint

About: Hotel Rutaro

About Eating Out in Itojo

One of the delights about Itojo has to be Hotel Rutaro, better known as Sharpe's Pork Joint. Much of the diet in Uganda is vegetable based so if you're missing some succulently roasted pork with side salad, this restaurant, located as you leave Itojo on your way to Ntungamo, is well worth a visit. Chilled drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic are served. Its always best to book in advance to avoid disappointment and arrangements can also be made to deliver your meal to you by Boda Boda!



 
 
 
 
 

Itojo Hospital

Built in 1968, Itojo Hospital today stands in a somewhat run down condition despite attempts to improve its condition, notably the Egyptian government who have not only donated cash for renovations but have also provided specialist medical officers.

The hospital, with a catchment area covering large swathes of Ntungamo district, is constantly under stress seeing more than 200 out-patients daily, with 70 admissions. With a limited number of beds many of these patients are forced to wait or sleep on the floors of the crowded wards waiting for care from the overstretched medical staff.

The hospital is the only facility where surgery can be performed in the area and it is also the centre to which all complicated infections are referred from the 47 health units in the district. Staffing shortages often mean that patients can die before even being seen by a doctor. The hospital has also suffered from corruption with its medical superintendent being arrested in 2012 for embezzling 20 million shillings (£4452) meant to support cervical cancer surgeries in Ntungamo district.

 

About Itojo

About Itojo

About Itojo

About Itojo

 


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