Lest we forget…

2020 comes to an end and as we get ready to welcome the new year, it is time to look back at a most disruptive and tragic year. Time to have a special thought for those we have lost. Lest we forget.

For the local medical community, the most shocking and heartbreaking event was the passing away of Dr Bruno Cheong. Dr SBM Gaya, Consultant in Charge in Internal Medicine at JN Hospital and founding member of the Renal Association, has known Dr Cheong for a long time. Here is his tribute written in June of this year.

Dr Bruno Cheong  proceeded to study medicine at Cardiff University Wales following his secondary education at College du St Esprit. He subsequently specialized in internal and respiratory medicine and then came back to Mauritius. I still remember the day that we both joined the Ministry of Health in July 1989. We both started as medical and health officers and then followed the same pathway from specialist to consultant in charge . His last posting was consultant in charge internal medicine at Flacq Hospital.

Bruno was a very down to earth person, very devoted to his work and dedicated to his patients. He was a very jovial and friendly person and was very appreciated by his peers, all hospital staff and patients alike. We had many fruitful discussions pertaining to health issues in the public service during meetings of the consultants  in charge medicine. He had many bright ideas and he certainly contributed to the improvement of our health service over the years.

Bruno was also a very  good teacher and taught many undergraduate and postgraduate students . His junior doctors, MHOS and specialists must have learnt a lot from his vast experience. As a hobby, he enjoyed playing golf.

Sadly, Bruno was infected with Covid 19 while treating a patient with this disease and he passed away on 27 April 2020. He leaves behind his wife and 2 chidren. He will be missed by his family and all the staff of the Ministry of Health who have had the privilege of knowing him.

Thank you, Bruno, for all that you have done for the country. There is no better tribute and acknowledgement of your contribution to the medical profession than naming Flacq Hospital as the Dr Bruno Cheong Hospital.

May your soul rest in peace

We will also remember Dr Raj Purgus, a great Mauritian nephrology friend. You can read our tribute here.

Finally, we have some special words for Hussein A. Sheashaa, Professor of Internal Medicine (Nephrology), Urology and Nephrology Center, Mansoura University, Mansoura-Egypt. This indefatigable figure never stopped in his clinical, research and especially teaching activities. He organised and personally taught in innumerable tutorials, seminars, webinars and conferences. Four of the Renal Association members were invited by the Egyptian government to attend dialysis conferences in the last 6 years. Professor Sheashaa’s energy and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge (and getting photos taken) with a big smile was infectious. He was still doing a webinar the day before he passed away suddenly on the 30 October 2020. May he rest in peace.

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