Principal Medical Officer Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi Passes On

The Ministry of Health regrets to announce the passing on of Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi who has been working as a Principal Medical officer in charge of mental health and substance abuse.

Born in 1966, Dr  Ndyanabangi has also been serving as the National Tobacco Control Focal person at the Health ministry.

Aacording to Emmanuel Ainebyoona, a Senior Public Relations Officer, Dr Ndyanabangi passed on today morning Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Mulago Hospial’s Intensive Care Unit (UCI).

He added that while still alive,  Ndyanabangi had asked not to be treated abroad but to be treated here in Uganda by her colleagues.

“Ndyanabangi started feeling unwell in 2016 after she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. She underwent surgery and had her uterus removed.”

However, she continued going for monitoring. In early 2017, and during one of her routine checks, a blood test indicated that the cancer had spread to other organs in the lower abdomen.

Ainebyoona noted that Ndyanabangi was put on chemotherapy but the cancer was not responding to treatment. In March this year, a swelling which had grown bigger was removed. However, she remained very weak and could still stand and walk.

In July this year, she was discharged after spending two months in hospital.  She was re-admitted about a week ago.


It is on Tuesday when she was taken to ICU after developing hardships with breathing and it is unfortunate that she passed on this morning.

“The Ministry of Health staff will dearly miss her and details about burial arrangements will be communicated in due course. May her soul rest eternal in peace.”


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