Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has congratulated Anna Qabale Duba for bagging the prestigious Aster Guardian Global nursing award in a ceremony held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Anna, who is a Kenyan nurse from Marsabit county, was crowned the winner of the award in the ceremony held on Thursday 12th May.
In his statement, CS Kagwe stated that health stakeholders and the larger Kenyan populace are basking in the glory and the success of Anna Qabale.
"The fact that she was selected among an initial 24,000 nominee nurses across the globe by an eminent grand jury, talks to the significance of the feat that saw her receive 29 million shillings in a cash reward. Aster Guardian International Nursing Award was founded last year to acknowledge the resolute and selfless humanitarian care extended by nurses across the globe," Kagwe's statement read in part.
Kagwe further stated that Qabale's win is a demonstration that those who aim for their goals unswervingly always earn the prize and that good deeds will always be recognised and rewarded.
Anna Qabala wins global nursing award
Anna Qabale Duba from Marsabit County in Kenya was named the winner of a prestigious award, which saw her pocket prize money of $250,000 (Ksh29M).
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority honoured the winner of the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award at an award ceremony held at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.
The top 10 finalists for the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award were announced on 26 April.
The winner was chosen after a public voting process, followed by the Grand Jury’s final evaluation. The other nine finalists were also awarded a monetary prize.
Anna Qabale Duba was the first graduate from her village and the only educated child in her family. She chose education because she understood that illiteracy held people back from learning new things and changing harmful cultural norms. During her nursing studies, she won the Miss Tourism Kenya 2013.
She used her influence to advocate for gender equality and education in her community. Under the Qabale Duba Foundation, she built a school in her village where children could study in the morning and adults in the afternoon. The community literacy programme currently has over 150 children and 100 adult learners.
Nurse Anna Qabale Duba said, “I feel extremely happy and privileged to receive this prestigious award. Ever since I heard about the award, I was very keen on applying for it as it provides nurses from all over the world a platform to be recognised. It is an honour to receive the award from His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
“My heartfelt gratitude to the jury members and Aster DM Healthcare for providing me with this opportunity to tell my story. I dedicate this award to my patients, family, co-workers and to all those who have supported me in this journey.”