Nurse Who Pricked Baby Set Free

The High Court in Kampala has this morning set free Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse who pricked a two-year-old baby with a cannula contaminated with her HIV infected blood.

Rosemary Namubiru
Rosemary Namubiru

Presiding Judge Rugadya Atwooki ordered that Rosemary Namubiru be immediately released after observing that the three year-jail term handed to her by Buganda Road Court was harsh and excessive.

Judge Rugadya reasoned that the 10 months that Namubiru has spent at Luzira prison since her arrest in January this year, is enough punishment for  her negligent action.

Rugadya, however, upheld Namubiru’s conviction on the offence of doing a negligent act that would result into the spread of a deadly disease HIV/Aids.

Her acquittal followed her appeal to the High Court seeking to overturn both her conviction and sentence handed to her by Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court in May this year after she was found guilty of a neglect act that would likely spread an infectious disease.

This nurse from Victoria Medical Centre came to the lime light when Wandegeya police arrested her for professional negligence when she used a cannula contaminated with her HIV infected blood to prick a 2 year old patient Mathew Mushabe.

Shortly after her acquittal, Namubiru apologized to the family of the child maintaining that it was accidental as she did not intend to infect their child with HIV.

She further said that she is a professional nurse with over 30 years of experience and that she could not do such a thing.