Guwahati: On the occasion of the International Day of the Nurse and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the world joins in to acknowledge and salute to the warriors who have been tirelessly working round the clock and providing high quality and respectful treatment and care amidst this corona pandemic.
This year’s theme for International Day of the Nurse is “Nursing the World to Health”.
Nurses are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital.
Nurses account for more than half of the world’s health workers, yet there is an urgent shortage of nurses worldwide with 5.9 million more nurses still needed, especially in low and middle income countries.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role nurses play. Without nurses and other health workers, we will not win the battle against outbreaks, we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or universal health coverage.
In this year of the Nurses and the Midwife, now more than ever, it is essential that governments support and invest in their nurses. COVID-19 reinforces the need for investment in nursing jobs, education, leadership.