A Ugandan doctor has been recognized and awarded by the American
College for Cardiologists for his role in treatment of heart diseases.
The award is the highest accolade in the field of cardiology. It
recognizes the contribution made by doctors in the field of cardiovascular
science globally. It is awarded to doctors who offer services believed to be of
the highest standard.
Dr. Emmy Okello is an Interventional Cardiologist at the Uganda
Heart Institute-UHI and was awarded for his work in the field of Rheumatic
Heart Disease-RHD. He started a RHD registry to document cases and carried out
research to determine the burden of the RHD in Uganda.
According to the UHI, RHD is the commonest heart condition among
Dr. John Omagino, the Executive Director UHI, says the award is
going to open other chances for training of doctors in advanced cardiology medicine
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UHI annually on average applies for two research grants each on
average worth 592 million shillings. With the award, the institute will be able
to apply for more research grants.
In addition, the award will give UHI, recognition as a facility,
where the world recognized heart treatments can take place. The award will also
enable doctors from the institute to publish their work and research findings
in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Dr. James Magara, the Chairman Board of Directors, UHI says the
award will help increase the confidence that Ugandans have in the ability of
health professionals in the country.