Mutomo hospital was established in 1964 subsequent to an invitation by the then Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui, to the Sisters of Mercy from Ireland, to establish health care services for the people of Mutomo. Since then the hospital has continued to offer promotive, preventive, and curative services to the people within it’s catchment area and beyond. The hospital has gradually developed and expanded and today it has a capacity of 124 beds with more than 100 employees.
Since 1997, the hospital enjoys the supporty from the Swedish/Scandinavian doctor’s bank which ensures that the dental services are continued throughout the year and that the general health care services receive the support of either a general practitioner or a surgeon. The hospital also partners with AMREF for clinical and technical support as well as flying doctors services.
The catchment population served by the hospital is close to 200,000. The challenges presenting at Mutomo hospital on a daily basis highlight the tremendous difficulties of the catchment population threatened by poverty, hunger, and disease – each compounding the other.
The hospital in its own right, as the only hospital in Mutomo District serves as a referral hospital for the district health facilities. It is uniquely positioned to provide this service to a wide area in the region and it is recommended that every effort be made to ensure that the healthcare services are self sustainable.
The board of management is chaired by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui and has representatives from Kitui Catholic Diocese, Sisters of Mercy and the local Community. The Members include:
1. Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria Bishop (Catholic diocese of Kitui)
2. Fr. Robert Mutui Vicar General (Catholic Diocese of Kitui)
3. Sr. Dr. Marian Dolan
4. Sr. Maria Ngui KRN / M, Masters in Midwifery
5. Mr. Michael Nzau, Primary Teacher,
6. Chief Mathima
7. Mr. William Kimanzi primary teacher.
8. William Maema - Advocate
9. Felix Kimoli
10. Sr. Mary Okumu Hospital Administrator