Dr. Joe Galiwango, Windsor pediatrician, found dead in Ugandan home
'His contribution to medicine is beyond just the practice of pediatrics'
A former Windsor, Ont., doctor, Joe Galiwango, was found dead in his home in Uganda on June 9. The Uganda Police Force confirmed to CBC News late Sunday that it's investigating how Galiwango died.
Dr. Galiwango was a well-respected pediatrician who practiced for more than 30 years in Windsor before retiring in Uganda.
He co-founded the former neonatal intensive care unit at Grace Hospital in Windsor, and he was also instrumental in helping with the W.E. Care for Kids campaign fundraising, which supports local pediatric health care.
"His contribution to medicine is beyond just the practice of pediatrics," said Dr. Gary Ing, who first met Galiwango as a medical student. "He certainly added to the overall being of the children in our community."
His death came as a surprise to many who knew him well, including Frank Kigozi who was a long-time friend of Galiwango.
"I was very heartbroken," said Kigozi, "He was really a good good man."
Kigozi met Galiwango in 1993 when he moved to Windsor from Uganda. He credits Galiwango for helping him to become more familiar with Canada.
"He encouraged us to take up English because that's the only way we could survive here," said Kigozi. "I am still shocked about his passing. He was a nice guy and a role model to me."
Dr. Ing also says the medical field and those who knew Galiwango are grieving. "He's well-liked by both his colleagues and the patients and their families," said Ing.