Nurses, the Stars of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the International Nurses Day.
By H.E. Ahmed Al Jarwan,
President, Global Council for Tolerance and Peace
Every May 12, the world celebrates the International Nurses Day, to highlight the importance of nurses and present its gratitude for their incredible work. As Nurses continue to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing high quality and respectful treatment and care, International Nurses Day has been celebrated differently this year. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) has considered this year as the International year of the Nurse and Midwife, under the theme of “Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Nursing the World to Health”.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses along with the other health-care workers have been battling COVID-19 from the frontline, putting their lives on the line, working hard to save the life of thousands of infected people. They prove to be the lifesavers and the real heroes of this battle by not only treating patients with COVID-19 but also by offering other essential health services. They are managing selflessly and tirelessly an extraordinary workload, by prioritizing infection prevention and control among patients, visitors, and healthcare providers across all the units of the hospital. They are risking their own health and too often sacrificing time with their family by putting in 12 to 20 hours per day to help those suffering from COVID-19. While caring for COVID-19 patients, many nurses get exposed and need to be quarantined, which is an additional mental and physical toll on them. Those Nurses are working tirelessly to aid the patients irrespective of all the fears and shorthand of resources.
Nurses, today, are in the spotlight! This pandemic has revealed the importance of their work! They are the stars of this pandemic across the globe for their exemplary courage, dedication, and perseverance.
On this day, The Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, recognizes the Nurses for their wonderful and vital job. Our heart goes out to those nurses and their families for keeping the world in good health. They have crowned their work with their bravery, compassion and commitment to patients and to community. Without them, we will not be able to win the battle against outbreaks. Therefore, it is essential that governments support, protect and invest in their nurses. We have to reinforce the need for investment in Medicine, Nursing, Education, Research, Science and Leadership.