Every year, May 12 is observed as the International Nurses Day around the world. The day marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who is revered as the founder of modern nursing. International Nurses Day 2020 is special as this is her 200th birth anniversary. Whereas due to coronavirus pandemic the nurses who have been working continuously without any break and have not met their families for the past two months.
When people are trying to lock themselves in the safest places amid the fatal coronavirus outbreak the police, doctors, nurses are a few among all, who dedicated their lives to save others. Nurses make up more than half of the world’s health workforce and provide vital healthcare services. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought the significance of the role nurses play into public attention. These frontline fighters put their health and safety at stake, and work day in and day out to nurse the world back to health.
Today, the International Council of Nurses and WHO encourages people to reflect and honor the nurses and health workers who have tragically lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “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,” says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The theme for 2020, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health, demonstrates how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges. It will inspire nurses and make the public aware of their contribution to healthcare and health management. International Nurses Day also provides information and resources that will help to raise the profile of the profession, so that the new generation can also know more about this noble profession.
The most divine job on the universe with the commitment to serve to look after patients suffering from COVID-19. Let’s take the privilege to thank the unsung heroes who are meant to be the savior of our lives.