Our Background

A view of Lira School of Comprehensive Nursing

The school was built in 1939. In 1945, the school started training dressers who returned from the Second World War as nursing orderlies to enable them to take care of wounded soldiers. By then, the school was called the Medical Training Center and had a capacity to train up to one hundred and twenty (120) students. In 1958, the training for nursing assistants was started, and this ran up to 1964. The candidates who enrolled for this training were junior secondary school leavers, and males only. In the same year (1964), the school acquired a new name; “Lira School of Nursing”. During this time, the school enrolled between ten (10) to twenty (20) students, twice a year (in May and October). The Ministry of Health (MoH), which was in charge of the running of the school, was directly in charge of the enrollment exercises.

In 1965 the school started training for enrolled nurses and these were only females. However, in 1973 male students were enrolled, though in fewer numbers to be trained as nurses but had to be non-residents.

The war in 1979 and the insurgencies in 1985 greatly affected the school. These led to its closure until 1987 when the then Principal Mrs. Cecilia Ogole reopened it. In 1992 the midwifery course was introduced with a once in a year intake. From this point, the school acquired a new name, “Lira School of Nursing and Midwifery”.

In August 1998, all health training schools were transferred to the ministry of Education and Sports (MoES). However, despite these reforms, the ministry of education and sports continued to work closely with ministry of health, and the district Local Governments. The change in mandate saw the school total enrollment rise over 442 students. This sudden change in enrollment led to a number of strategic and operation challenges like congestion.

In 2001, a three years course in Enrolled Comprehensive Nursing (ECN) was introduced. The first intake of the course attracted fifteen (15) students who sat their final exams in 2004. The

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  1. OGWANG TOM says:

    I thanks God that i pursued my Certificate and Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing from this institution. The current and the the future Management should now advocate for DEGREE also to be introduce.