Kenyan-nurse, Anne Qabale Duba, who won the inaugural Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award at a ceremony held on Thursday, May 12, at the Atlantis Hotel in the United Arab Emirates is expected back to Kenya today. The nurse who practices in Marsabit County was named World’s best nurse in a a glittering ceremony and was awarded Ksh29 million (USD250,000).
Qabale beat almost 24,000 nurses from across the world who had been nominated for the award. “I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be acknowledged and celebrated in such a way. This is a win for Kenya, for Africa and the girls in the villages,” she said. Qabale fights against harmful cultural practices such FGM in Marsabit through her Qabale Duba Foundation.
The Chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of Emirates Airlines Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, presented the award to Duba with the other nine finalists receiving a sum of Ksh580,600 each. The Aster Guardian International Award was founded in 2021 to recognize the role of Nurses worldwide.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe congratulated Duba saying that her award is the result of hard work and a fearless spirit that has now earned her the prestigious title that will always be a reminder of her dedication adding that the win is an exemplification of the strides the country has made in its efforts to build a strong public health system.
“It is gratifying to note that in her acceptance speech, she dedicated the win to her country, Kenya, and all the girls back in the village. Qabale is a model caregiver, who has validated my every day call that service to patients should be as humane as humanly possible.” Observed the health CS.