PAKWACH. Two Senior Nurses in Nebbi and Pakwach districts have been awarded with medals for their outstanding performance and commitment in public service.

Ms Sophie Ngamita, a Senior Nursing Officer at Pakwach Health Center IV in Pakwach district and Ms Marry Gorreti Amonditho, a Nursing officer at Nyaravur health center III in Nebbi district were chosen by Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council for the Labour Day medals.

The Nurses were decorated by President Museveni during the Labour Day celebrations held in Sembabule district on International Labour day.

The visibly excited Ngamita told the West Nile Web that her gratitude goes to the Almighty God who gave her the zeal and strength to work regardless of the challenges she faces in her quest for better health service delivery.

Her recognition comes at a time when Uganda is at the verge of importing Cuban doctors to support the country’s challenging health care system where health workers are accused of under-performance and preferring greener pastures in favour of local poor pay.

This is also in addition to late delivery of drugs to rural and upcountry health centres where the dual are located and coupled with lack of amenities which most health workers use as pretext to shun the rural health centres.

But Ngamita said medical work is both a calling and a profession which requires adherence to medical ethics and cooperation if better health service delivery is to be realized.
“Being a Nurse is a calling from God and for that reason, anyone who is called by God should always step in to save life,” Ngamita said.

She observed that with inadequate staffing in the various health facilities in Uganda, they are expected to work beyond schedule to save lives and this can only happen when the health workers develop empathy for the people they serve.

Ngamita also appealed to parents to support the girl child education because it is only through education that they will be able to realize their maximum benefits.

Successfully soaring in rants, Ngamita started as a health assistant in 1988 before becoming a Senior Nursing Officer after acquiring Diploma in both Nursing and Midwifery from Lacor and Mengo Nursing and Midwifery training institutions from 2003-2004 and 2008-2009 respectively.

Attempts to reach the acting district health officer Pakwach, Ms Jesca Dradu Edrea and Marry Gorreti Amonditho for comment were futile as their known mobile phones were switched off by press time.