President Yoweri Museveni has paid his last respects to Prof. Alexander Mwa Odonga at his home in Naguru, Kampala.
He died on Wednesday last week of progressive heart failure at Mulago Hospital aged 96.
Prof Ondoga, who served as a dean of the Makerere Medical School, was the first Ugandan surgeon.
He served his country for 47 years before retiring.
“I got to know him about 15 years ago,” Museveni said.
Uganda was hosting heads of state for a conference when one of the high-ranking guests suffered intestinal obstruction.
“I was worried that the guest would die from Uganda. Prof Odonga, however, treated the guest and saved his life.”
He added: “I was proud of him.”
Museveni says not only had Odonga done his profession proud but upheld his country’s reputation.
His contribution to the field of medicine, especially training young doctors is much appreciated.
“I thank his widow for taking care of him. His children and all young people have a lot to learn from Prof Odonga. They should emulate him.”