After making a dangerous ladder climb to vaccinate children in remote areas, Ugandan nurse Agnes Nambozo has been dubbed ‘Nurse of the Year’ by the country’s health minister.

Daily Nurse is proud to name Agnes Nambozo our Nurse of the Week.

Nurse Nambozo of Buluganya Health Centre III made the treacherous climb during her to visit the Masheluse village in Nataba parish, Uganda.

Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero shared a video of Agnes Nambozo making the journey with a box carrying supplies on her back.

“Absolutely speechless and touched to see this dedicated and committed enrolled Nurse,” the minister wrote on Twitter.

Others also praised the Nambozo for her dedication, tagging Uganda’s health heroes award body.

“As nurses, we are called to love and serve, well nurses are always underrated but we change communities widely Congratulations Agnes,” Kamara Daniel wrote.

But some were shocked at the lengths the nursing community has to go to reach their patients. Others asked that action be taken to eliminate such risks.

Uganda prioritizes healthcare in its National Development Plan, addressing inadequate medical infrastructure to reduce mortality rates and provide equal access to healthcare services.

Strides have been made in reducing mortality rates. UNICEF found that in 2019, the child mortality rate in Uganda was 45.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, down from 191 per 1,000 in 1970.

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In some areas of the country, including the archipelago of Kalangala’s 84 islands, medical delivery drones are being tested to provide essential medicines for conditions like HIV.

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Renee Hewitt
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