The medical fraternity is mourning the passing of the country’s senior consultant psychiatrist Dr Margaret Mungherera.
Dr Mungherera, the first female and first Ugandan to head the world Medical Association died on Saturday morning in India where she had gone for medical treatment.
The president of the Uganda Medical Association Dr Fred Biso confirmed the gloomy news noting that she succumbed to cancer.
“She died in India. She only flew out of the country on Thursday this week direct from Nsambya Hospital where she had been admitted for a week. She had travelled to continue with her anti-cancer treatment,” Dr Fred Biso said.
Dr Biso described her death as a great blow to the health fraternity.
“It is a very big blow to us as a fraternity. We hope the country learns from this huge loss to put our own health sector in such a state that it can take care of our own people,” Dr Biso said.
Dr Biso says Dr Mungherera has done a lot for the country and had put Uganda on the global map with medical practitioners having a lot of hope in her.
Dr Mungherera’s death coincides with the World Cancer Day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
At the time of her death, Dr Mungherera was the chairperson of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities- a post she has held since October last year.
She is a founder member of Uganda Women Medical Doctors Association.
Margaret Mungherera served as the president of the World Medical Association from October 2013 until October 2014.
As President of World Medical Association Dr Mungherera facilitated policy interventions to promote good ethical practice in the world and champion human rights of patients and physicians.
Dr Mungherera the first born of six children was born on October 25 1957 to Seezi and Joyce Mungherera.
She went to Kijjabwemi Primary school in Masaka, Nakasero Primary School in Kampala and Gayaza High School.
She later joined Makerere University Medical School and the London school of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.