The late senior medical consultant, Dr Kumbirai Mumbwandarikwa who died on the 11th of this month at his Borrowdale home after battling cancer has been described as one of the best medical practitioners to come out of this country.

Friends, Relatives, colleagues and senior medical professionals gathered at Dutch Reformed Church in Harare for a service in honour of the late Dr Mumbwandarikwa.

Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo described the death of Dr Mumbwandarikwa as a great loss to the medical fraternity saying he saved millions of lives.

“Dr Mumbwandarikwa was a great doctor. He served millions of lives. He was a free man to approach,” said Minister Moyo.

It was a touching moment when the widow of the late Dr Mumbwandarikwa showed courage and strength to chronicle how her late husband fought for the inclusion of women in leadership positions.

“We have lost a great man in the family. He was a great man. The void he left will be difficult to fill,” said Mrs Ndakarwirwa Mumbwandarikwa.

Born in 1940 in Gutu, Dr Mumbwandarikwa joined the medical fraternity in 1969 as a junior doctor before proceeding to the United Kingdom in 1977 to further his education.

Upon completion of his specialist training, Dr Mumbwandarikwa returned to Zimbabwe  in 1981 and worked as a specialist physician.

He also worked as a lecturer and medical examiner at the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Medicine.

Dr Mumbwandarikwa who is survived by wife Reverend Ndakarwirwa Mumbwandarikwa, four children and seven grandchildren will be buried this Wednesday (tomorrow) at  Kunda farm in Chivhu.