Ugandan doctors welcomed the election of their colleague, Dr Margaret Mungherera as the head of the World Medical Association.Doctors who spoke described her as deserving the position.
Dr Charles Kiggundu, a consultant gynecologist and obstetrician at Mulago hospital, said Dr Mungherera has the profession at heart, is energetic and focused.
“For us, as a country, that is a good representation at the global level and we congratulate her,” Dr Kiggundu said.
Dr Gerald Mutungi, the programme manager for non-communicable diseases at the Ministry of Health, said the medical fraternity was excited about her appointment to the global office.
“We are looking forward to working with her and supporting her to front the issues of human resource for health in Africa which she has been vocal about,”he said. She will serve for one year.
A statement from the World Medical Association says Dr Mungherera was elected unopposed during WMA’S annual general assembly held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr Mungherera, 54, has been a doctor for 30 years and a psychiatrist for 20 years with forensic psychiatry as her special area of interest.
“My focus will be on urging national medical associations of poor countries to join and to participate in the activities of the WMA,”said Dr Mungherera.