TOP
Friday,September 18,2020 14:38 PM
  • Home
  • National
  • Nsambya hospital fraternity mourns Dr. Ddumba

Nsambya hospital fraternity mourns Dr. Ddumba

By Mathias Mazinga

Added 14th April 2020 01:31 PM

Dr. Edward Ddumba, a specialist in neurology, was the medical director of Nsambya Hospital prior to his death. Previously, he worked as the Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital (2006-2010).

Nsambya hospital fraternity mourns Dr. Ddumba

The late Dr. Edward Ddumba. Photo/File

Dr. Edward Ddumba, a specialist in neurology, was the medical director of Nsambya Hospital prior to his death. Previously, he worked as the Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital (2006-2010).

OBITUARY | TRIBUTE

KAMPALA - Tributes have been paid to Dr. Edward Ddumba, the former medical director of St Francis Hospital Nsambya, who succumbed to cancer-related complications on Saturday at the age of 67.

His eulogies were delivered during the requiem mass at Nsambya Hospital Chapel on Sunday.

Among those who eulogized Ddumba were members of the medical community of Nsambya Hospital, who spoke highly of his positive simplicity and dedication to the hospital and the medical profession in general.

he casket of r dward dumba at t rancis ospital hapel sambya on unday hoto by athias azingaThe casket of Dr. Edward Ddumba at St. Francis Hospital Chapel, Nsambya, on Sunday. Photo by Mathias Mazinga

 
The Chairman of the hospital's board, Prof. Freddie Ssengooba referred to Dr. Ddumba as a giant of the medical profession, who trained and mentored many physicians. He also spoke warmly of his peaceful and joyful demeanor, which made everybody around him to feel comfortable and peaceful.

"Everyone who has interacted closely with Dr. Ddumba can testify about his friendly and joyful character. Often times when we are in our board meetings, we discuss very serious issues. But even if the issue under deliberation were a tense one, Dr. Ddumba would come up with a joke and change the situation right away.

 r nthony ayiira the son of r dumba eulogises his dad during the requiem mass Dr. Anthony Kayiira, the son of Dr. Ddumba eulogises his dad during the requiem mass

 
"Dr. Ddumba was a committed physician with an enormous passion for the social welfare of his medical staff.  If he brought you his budget, intended to improve the welfare of the staff, he would not let you relax until you approved it."

The Deputy Medical Director of the Hospital (Nsambya), Dr. Peter Ssekweyama broke down as he spoke about Dr. Ddumba's generosity, fatherly character, and exemplary leadership.

 he widow eronica dumba being consoled by a relative during the requiem mass The widow, Veronica Ddumba being consoled by a relative during the requiem mass

 
Dr. Anthony Kayiira, the son of Dr. Ddumba who spoke on behalf of the family called his father a "wonderful physician and greatest dad of all times."

"Dad was an embodiment of passion excellence and humility. He was a loving husband, father, teacher, mentor, and champion of pro-people health policies. He always looked for the best and got the best out of us. He always advised us not to put emphasis on short-term goals but to do those things that we shall leave behind as our legacy."

  nurse pays respect to r dward dumba during the requiem mass A nurse pays respect to Dr. Edward Ddumba during the requiem mass

 
Delivering his homily during the requiem mass, the Rev. Msgr. Charles Kasibante also praised Dr. Ddumba who he said loved the Lord with all his heart. He said the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala was very grateful to Dr. Ddumba for his love and commitment to the Church, which he, fortunately, died serving.

Kasibante later delivered the condolence message from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. The Prelate assured the widow, Veronica Ddumba and the children of the Prelate's prayers and moral support.

The requiem mass was attended by members of the community of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya.

 sgr harles asibante delivers his homily during the requiem mass Msgr. Charles Kasibante delivers his homily during the requiem mass

 
The mourners were nonetheless not allowed into the chapel, in observance of the health ministry's guidelines on COVID-19.

They followed up the mass on screens, which were placed in the chapel's compound. But even as they watched the proceedings of the mass from outside, they were made to keep a distance from each other. Only about eight members of the family were allowed in the chapel.

  scanty chapel choir of sambya ospital leading the singing during r dumbas requiem mass on unday A scanty chapel choir of Nsambya Hospital leading the singing during Dr. Ddumba's requiem mass on Sunday

 
Burial Delayed

The burial of Dr. Edward Ddumba will not take place as soon as earlier expected. The management of Nsambya Hospital has agreed with the family of the late Dr. Ddumba to postpone the deceased's burial for some weeks so that the deceased can be accorded a decent burial.

The Chairman of the hospital's Board, Dr. Freddie Ssengooba said Dr. Ddumba has taught and mentored many physicians, treated many Ugandans and improved the quality of life of thousands of people through his service as a Rotarian, which was why it was very desirable that he be accorded a decent burial.

Ssengoba advised Dr. Ddumba's friends, professional colleagues, associates and all Ugandans who want to attend the burial to wait for the communication from Nsambya hospital.

Meanwhile, the management of the hospital has put in place a condolence book at the hospital's reception, where people can write their condolence messages, starting on Tuesday (April 14).

 cattered members of sambya ospital ommunity following r dumbas funeral mass on screens Scattered members of Nsambya Hospital Community following Dr. Ddumba's funeral mass on screens

 
A brief on Dr. Ddumba

Dr. Edward Ddumba, a specialist in neurology, was the medical director of Nsambya Hospital prior to his death.

Previously, he worked as the Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital (2006-2010).

He also headed the department of Internal Medicine at Mulago Hospital.

He was also a teacher of medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences for over two decades.

Related articles

More From The Author

More From The Author