By Machuki Dennson
Anna Qabale Duba, a nurse at the Marsabit referral hospital is the first ever nurse to win the newly launched Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award.
Qabale emerged the best out of 24,000 nurses across the globe who submitted their entries to win the coveted Royal award from the Dubai royal Family.
Qabale was acknowledged for her tirelessly effort in Marsabit County to empower the community with education and her campaign against harmful cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutation.
At a grand ceremony held in Dubai to commemorate International Nurses Day today, Qabale, dressed in her traditional Borana robes, received the award from Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and group.
Speaking at the ceremony Qabale said: “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,”.
Qabale, selected by an eminent grand jury from ten finalists, is the first woman graduate in her village. She has dedicated her life towards literacy and serving the masses through the Qabale Duba Foundation. She thanked her mother and husband for their unconditional support.
Coincidentally the day happened to be her wedding anniversary.