Dr Margaret Mungherera’s body returned home


It was a sombre mood at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday afternoon as family and friends gathered to receive the body of the late Dr Margaret Mungherera, one of the country’s senior consultant psychiatrists.
Mr Richard Were, a brother to the late described her as a generous, jolly person with a beautiful smile. “She is someone I can’t forget because I was too much attached to her, she was my mentor and growing up as brothers and sisters, Margaret was always a true Rotarian, was never self centred and always stuck to what she wanted,” he said.

The body of the late Dr Margaret Mungherera is

The body of the late Dr Margaret Mungherera is removed from the plane which arrived on Tuesday afternoon at Entebbe International Airport. Dr Mungherera succumbed to cancer in a hospital in India on Saturday morning. Photo by Paul Adude

Dr Mungherera, the first female and Ugandan to head the World Medical Association died on Saturday morning in India where she had gone for medical treatment. Dr Fred Biso, the president of the Uganda Medical Association while talking to Daily Monitor said that the passing on of Dr Mungherera was a huge loss not only for the Uganda Medical Association but Uganda as a whole.

L-R: Ambrose Were, Richard Were and Lydia

L-R: Ambrose Were, Richard Were and Lydia Mungherera, siblings to the late doctor, look on as the casket is received at Entebbe International Airport. Ambrose and Richard said their sister was a generous and hardworking person who helped whoever she could. Photo by Paul Adude

He described the late as a determined and hardworking person who would stop at nothing to ensure the provision of good medical services: “Those were some of her last wishes before she passed on. Last week we visited her in hospital on Tuesday before her flight to India on Thursday. She said, ‘The things I have been fighting for, to ensure better provision of medical services to people and better welfare of doctors who treat Ugandan’s, don’t ever divert away from that,’” he said.

Doctors have a discussion after receiving Dr

Doctors have a discussion after receiving Dr Mungherera’s body at Entebbe International Airport. Photo by Paul Adude

Mr Ambrose Were described his late sister as a straightforward person who was always ready to help, “We are going to miss her, we expected a lot from her and as a medical person she has been very dedicated. Any time you would call her she would respond and immediately and come to offer you assistance,” he said.

Doctors wheel the casket containing the body of

Doctors wheel the casket containing the body of Dr Margaret Mungherera away. Mungherera was the first female and first Ugandan to head the world Medical Association, and was respected amongst her peers. Photo by Paul Adude

According to Richard, the body will today be taken to Mulago Medical school on Wednesday morning where there will be a general viewing of the body. A requiem mass will be held on Thursday at All Saints Cathedral and after, a vigil at the family home in Mpererwe on Friday. She will be laid to rest in Bujumba, Butaleja District on Saturday.
At the time of her death, Dr Mungherera was the chairperson of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities – a post she had held since October last year. She was also a founder member of Uganda Women Medical Doctors Association.

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