Kenya’s top five nurses to be awarded for outstanding work with diabetes patients

Kenya’s top five nurses to be awarded for outstanding work with diabetes patients

Kenya’s top five nurses who have shown outstanding performance and contributions to diabetic patients will be awarded during this year’s World Diabetes Day.

They are Jane Gitahi (Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret); Gladys Chesire (Nakuru Provincial Hospital); Joyce Mbugua (Thika level 5) Nerea M’ Mbolo (Jaralam Medical) and Merolyne Adhiambo (M.P Shah Hospital).

“Members who nominated the above nurses praised them for their selflessness, kindness, knowledge, and experience in managing Diabetes, supportive and available on phone 24/7, great family counselors, excellent listeners, among many other positive attributes,” said Duncun Motanya, the founder of Diabetes Management Resource Center (DMRC).

The nurses will be feted in a campaign dubbed “Nurses Make The Difference” during celebrations that will be held on November 14.

The DMRC team will visit the top nurses at their workplace and award them with cash, shopping vouchers, and other gifts.

The top nurse among the five will take home a cash award of Ksh 50,000.

The day marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who together with Charles Best and John James Macleod, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

World Diabetes Day aims to engage millions of people globally in diabetes awareness.

Each World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to Diabetes; type-2 Diabetes is a mostly preventable and treatable non-communicable disease rapidly increasing in numbers worldwide.

Type 1 diabetes is not preventable but can be managed with insulin injections. In 2020, the World Diabetes Day theme will focus on promoting nurses role in the prevention and management of Diabetes.

In early October, DMRC opened nomination and voting exercise by asking members and inviting people with Diabetes to vote for the best nurses across the country on their social media platforms to nominate nurses who have had a tremendous positive impact on their journey in managing Diabetes.

Voting for the nurses closed on November 6, 2020.

DMRC founder said this initiative will be a great way of motivating nurses to give selfless services to their patients.

“Having nurses who give continuous support to patients and employ an inclusive model will not only make it easier to control Diabetes, it will also increase diabetes awareness,” said Motanya.

He added: “For a long time, the nurse’s role has been side-lined, yet they play a crucial role in the diabetes management multidisciplinary team. I am happy IDF recognizes the special role played by nurses.”

He urged the government to also invest in training the nurses to offer specialized care, management, and treatment of NDCs, particularly Diabetes, which is lacking in most facilities.