Nurse Okudinia who wheeled a patient for 3km to the hospital crowned “Nurse of the year.”
By Leonard Kamugisha AKIDA
The Nurses’ Union of Uganda has crowned Doris Okudinia, the nurse whose picture went viral on social media while wheeling a patient to Arua Referral Hospital as the ‘Nurse of the Year’.
This was during the International day of nurses’ celebrations held at their union offices in Mulago.
Justus Cherop, he president of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Association, said the Union has also awarded Okudinia with a scholarship to study a degree in nursing.
Okudinia’s photos were taken by a local radio journalist at Radio Pacis in Arua on his way to work where he met her (nurse) Wheeling a patient to Ediof HCIII. The photos were given a warm welcome by several social media users.
She has been hailed for her life-saving skills and bravery while serving the nation.
In her acceptance speech, Okudinia says she could not bear watching the patient die in pain as she waited for an ambulance and as such, she had to improvise with what was available and rush the patient to the hospital.
Okudinia wheeled the patient for three kilometres from Ediofe HC III in Pajule Sub County to Arua hospital.
Even though, her acts of kindness first received intimidations from the area RDC, Parliament and the general public applauded Okudinia for her rare to find character. Since then, she has received great honors including the recent Diploma Scholarship study award from Health Ministry.