Muhimbili National Hospital staff and two cabinet ministers yesterday paid their last respects to the body of the late Prof Lameck Mabelya, who passed away on Saturday due to heart-related problems.
Reading his biography, Muhimbili School of Dentistry Principal Dr Elifuraha Mumghamba said Prof Mabelya was born in 1951 at Majaida village in Bariadi district. In 1980, he was awarded a degree of medicine in Stomatology and in 1983 he received a Masters degree in public health from the University of London.
Prof Mabelya was awarded a PhD through a joint programme offered by the University of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with Nijmegen University of the Netherlands in 1995.
Between 1999 and the time of his death, he worked as assistant professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the Muhimbili National Hospital.
He said the late professor retired in 2011 before rejoining the MNH on contract employment.
Prof Mabelya was head of the Dar es Salaam World Health Organization Collaboration Centre for Primary Oral Healthcare, Planning and Research since 2002 until his death and he also led the Global Health Course, which was funded by the governments of Finland and Tanzania, since 2004.
According to his relative, Lucas Singili, the late Mabelya was suffering from heart the problems for a long time. He said he will be buried tomorrow in Bariadi district, Shinyanga region.
Works Minister Dr John Magufuli, who is a close relative of the deceased and Communications, Science and Technology deputy minister Charles Kitwanga, also paid their last respects.