Ugandan doctor Okello wins US award

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Dr Emmy Okello

Dr Emmy Okello, an interventional cardiologist at the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI), has been awarded in United States (US).

Dr Okello was recognised for his role in treatment of heart diseases by the American College of Cardiology.

The American College of Cardiology is currently the highest level of recognition in the field of cardiology globally.

Dr Okello is also credited for advancing the field of Rheumatic heart disease and interventional cardiology in Uganda, according to Dr John Omagino, the executive director of UHI.

Dr Omagino says Dr Okello’s works have improved the diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever diagnosis and contributed to the reduction of morbidity and mortality associated with RHD, the long term consequence of rheumatic fever.

At the institute, Dr Okello performs percutaneous mitral commissurotomy for patients with severe mitral stenosis.

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