Message from President Danny Faure on the occasion of International Nurses Day, 12 May 2020 “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health”

11 May 2020 | Health

Today is International Nurses Day, a day that always deserves to be celebrated, but carries extra significance and meaning as nurses continue to serve on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale this year, the founder of modern nursing, we owe all nurses a deep appreciation for their care and sacrifices.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, with the theme, ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health’. The theme demonstrates how nurses are the bedrock of our health system. They are central to addressing health challenges. During this crisis, nurses work day and night at war with a virus that challenges medical knowledge and strategy, and they have done an extraordinary job. I hope that their bravery inspires a new generation to join the nursing family.

We have all had reason to appreciate the care and professionalism of nurses. Our nurses shoulder some of the biggest healthcare burdens, and their skill and commitment makes a lifesaving difference every day. Government will continue to invest in high-quality education and training for our health professionals. We also remain committed to supporting and recognising the hard work of those in the nursing profession.

To all the nurses working hard in Seychelles and around the world: you deserve our recognition every day. You are our heroes on the frontline, working round the clock to keep us safe. You heal and comfort us. And today, we are more grateful than ever for all that you do. You have the trust, admiration and respect of all Seychellois as we stand with you and we stand by you.

We are indebted to you. Thank you for the difference you are making every day and everywhere.




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