The Health ministry has confirmed the death of Dr. Lawrence Kaggwa, the former executive director of Mulago Hospital.
Kaggwa, who died aged 68, has been battling heart complications for a long time and he was admitted at Mulago Hospital recently .
Dr Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, announced the death of Kaggwa, adding that the medical circle has lost a great man.
“He has been a honest man, conducting himself in a professional way,” Atwine added.
Grace Mirembe, the communication officer of Uganda Heart Institute, said Kaggwa was pronounced dead at 9:25am. She said the deceased has been admitted at the Institute for almost a month(24 days).
Kaggwa, a retired Consultant Surgeon, headed Mulago Hospital for 12 years.
He also worked with AMREF (African Medical Research Foundation) as a consultant.
During his tenure at Mulago Hospital, Kaggwa, the hospital acquired laboratory equipment for haematology (blood), bio-chemistry (chemicals in blood), hespatology (tissue) and micro biology tests. He secured funds from the Japanese ambassador.
He also worked on the renovating the hospital structures including roofing, sewerage system and replacing electrical wires.
Kaggwa was born in 1948 in Kiryasaka village, Masaka district. He studied at Buyoga Primary School before joining Bukalasa Seminary from where he completed his primary. He then joined St Henry’s College Kitovu in Masaka for O’ level before proceeding to St Mary’s College Kisubi for A’ level. After passing well, Kaggwa joined Makerere University Medical School in 1969. He graduated with a degree in medicine in 1974.