Public urged to appreciate nursing profession

A nurse and senior lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam) has asked the nation to appreciate nurses for their services in the community.

Epafras Anyolo made these remarks on Friday at Unam’s main campus in Windhoek during the celebration of International Nurses Day.

This year’s day is observed under the theme ‘Our Nurses. Our Future. The economic power of care’.

He reiterated the sentiments of president of the International Council of Nurses, Pamela Cipriano, calling on governments to invest in nursing jobs, education and leadership.

“Nurses play the most important role between doctors and patients. The doctor diagnoses and prescribes the medicine, but it is the nurse who takes all the responsibility for patients to take care,” Anyolo said.

He said celebrating the day is important, considering the roles nurses play in medical facilities.

“On this special day, let us all thank the nurses around the globe for their services to the community,” Anyolo said.

In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day, as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

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