MoHSS remembers respected South African cardiologist

08 Aug 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) on Tuesday held a memorial service in honour of the late prominent South African cardiologist, Professor Bongani Mayosi.
The well-known academic died last week Friday in Cape Town, after commiting suicide following a battle with depression for two years.
Speaking at the memorial service, former health minister, Richard Kamwi said Mayosi was well-known to Namibia’s health sector, particularly for the establishment of the Cardiac Unit at Windhoek Central Hospital (WCH) in 2008.
Kamwi described Mayosi as an extraordinary character who had a vision to develop health and scholarly talents for Africans in the diaspora.
“Mayosi provided advice, delivered training and supported the attachment of staff from WCH to his unit at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town to observe and learn from his excellent team there,” said Kamwi.
He noted that Mayosi led the team that established the national programme for the comprehensive prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic heart disease amongst children and youth in Namibia.
Kamwi added that the late Mayosi was instrumental in ensuring that the MoHSS integrated the management of childhood illness programme and rheumatic heart disease.
At the same occasion, Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku said Southern Africa has lost “a giant, physician, researcher and an academic”.
Haufiku said the region should emulate his shining example of self-reliance as he nurtured potential and dreams for African professionals.
“If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about the fact that mental health plays a crucial role in our lives, his tragic death is an agonising reminder that depression is real. Who could ever think that a brilliant physician had to succumb to depression? It says a lot about the need for seriousness that we must take about mental health in our daily work,” said Haufiku.
Mayosi was part of the team that discovered one of the genes responsible for causing life-threatening heart disease. He has published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals, both locally and internationally, in health.
At the time of his death, he was the University of Cape Town’s Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences and an A-rated National Research Foundation researcher.