Doris Oku’dinia, wheeled a patient for about 2Kms from Ediofe clinic to Arua Hospital after the ambulance on call failed them.
The act of selflessness was hailed by most people including Health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.
“A true hero, she is. True definition of service before self. I celebrate Sr. Doris and all our health workers who sacrifice their lives to save thousands of lives daily,” Aceng commended Doris.
Similar selflessness was exhibited by Masiko Gad, a tutor at Bishop Stuart Primary Teachers College in Mbarara, resident of Kabale.
He contributed his March salary of UGX 850,000, as support towards the vulnerable people during the COVID19 response and was lauded by the Permanent Secretary, Diana Atwine.
NTV correspondent in Arua said the nurse whose picture went viral on the internet is reportedly being harassed by local authorities in the area.
She works at Ediofe health centre owned by the Catholic Church in Arua diocese.
A patient was brought at 7am to the clinic and Doris found him lying on the veranda like at 8am.
She called the clinical officer to do a medical examination. They then started looking for transport means to Arua regional referral hospital.
The health centre doesn’t have an ambulance. She sought permission from the in charge of the health centre. The only means was the wheelchair.
When the pictures went around, it was a bad publicity for government. So many people were commending the nurse and giving her contributions.
Alice Akello, deputy Arua Resident District Commissioner [RDC], reportedly drove to the home of the nurse and started questioning her.
She accused the nurse of acting unprofessionally and embarrassing the government.
She further accused the nurse of seeking cheap publicity and looking for attention.
Arua district leadership denies:
We would like to clarify rumours that have been circulating on media about Arua District leadership purportedly threatening the Nurse from Ediofe Health Centre who was seen in pictures wheeling a patient to another facility. The Arua District Corona Task Force denies the claims of harassing the medical worker but clarify that the actions of the said Nurse is not consistent with the Medical code of conduct.
On Thursday, the fateful day, the Incharge of Ediofe Health Centre called the District Health Office requesting for an ambulance to transfer the patient to Arua Regional Referral Hospital. The Incharge was told to wait as the available ambulances were handling two emergency cases involving expectant mothers in labor from different locations. When the ambulance arrived at Ediofe Health Centre, the patient was not found in on his bed. The Nurse had allegedly taken away the patient on a wheelchair without authorization from the Incharge.
Later, some members from the District Task Force visited the facility and talked to the Nurse to ascertain the circumstances that caused her act and she agreed to have acted on behalf of the caretakers of the patient.
However the District Health Officer has regretted the incidence and said the conduct of the Nurse was very unprofessional because anything could have happened to the patient on transit, much as she could have been trying to save the situation.
He advised medical personnel to adhere to the standard operating procedures especially during this emergency season to avoid being compromised.
The public has been urged to stop politicizing issues and continue following the presidential directives as we working tirelessly to prevent spread of Covid 19 in the country. For God and Our Country, Uganda.