HAILAKANDI: International Nurses Day was observed in Hailakandi in a befitting manner on Tuesday. A function was held at the GNM Training School here in honour of the nurses and healthcare workers. Joint Director, Health Services, Dr.Ramesh Chandra Dwivedy said that the nurses are at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 and it reminds us of the pivotal role nurses play.
Dr. Dwivedy stressed that without nurses and other health workers, the battle against outbreaks will not be won and the world will not achieve the sustainable development goals or universal health coverages. He said that this year's theme 'Nursing the world to health' is apt, as nurses are instrumental in improving sanitation, hygiene and nutrition. The nurses take the pledge to do all in their power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing and devote their lives to the service and high ideals of the nursing profession. Principal, in-charge, GNM Training School, Luna Seal and District Programme Manager, National Health Mission, Maruf Alom Barbhuiya were also present on the occasion.
International Nurses Day is being organized to celebrate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Each year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) comes up with a theme to honour nurses. The day was first proposed by an officer with the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Dorothy Sutherland in the year 1953 and subsequently proclaimed by the then president Dwight D Eisenhower. International Nurses Day was first celebrated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in the year 1965. This year's International Nurses Day is special because it marks the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.