New Delhi: May 12 is celebrated as International Nurses Day, which also marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. Marked annually with a unique theme, the day highlights the contribution of nurses in the healthcare sector. It is also an opportunity to thank nurses around the world for their selfless service in building a healthier society. The theme for International Nurses Day 2023 is ‘Our Nurses, Our Future’ which according to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), shines a light on a brighter future for nursing.
As per an official press release, on this day,
ICN remembers the many tens of thousands of nurses and other health care workers who lost their lives to COVID-19, and takes this opportunity to remind the world of the many achievements nurses have made, and the many sacrifices nurses are making every day to ensure that people have access to the health care that they need, even in the most inhospitable and sometimes dangerous situations that they find themselves in.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the Government of India, expressed its gratitude to the nurses across the world through a social media post. The Union Health Ministry called to celebrate the healers who work tirelessly to secure global health and shared, “Nurses are the pulse of healthcare. Their dedication, compassion, and selfless service bring meaning to care.”
Nurses are the Pulse of Healthcare. Their Dedication, Compassion, and Selfless Service bring meaning to Care.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) May 12, 2023
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also expressed his gratitude to the “hardworking nursing staff who are working tirelessly towards safeguarding public health and creating a healthier planet.”
Dr Mandaviya called to honour their (nurses) care, compassion, dedication and selfless service to society and humanity.
On #InternationalNursesDay, we express gratitude to the hardworking nursing staff who are working tirelessly towards safeguarding public health & creating a healthier planet.
Let us all honour their care, compassion, dedication & selfless service to society & humanity. pic.twitter.com/CPxCjvgGuP
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) May 12, 2023
On International Nurses Day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated the “nurses whose hard work and selfless dedication form the foundation of our healthcare system.” He added, “Their extraordinary examples of sacrifice to save lives, especially during the pandemic, will continue to inspire humankind.”
On International Nurses Day, I congratulate the nurses whose hard work and selfless dedication form the foundation of our healthcare system. Their extraordinary examples of sacrifice to save lives, especially during the pandemic, will continue to inspire humankind.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 12, 2023
National President of BJP, Jagat Prakash Nadda acknowledged the integral role of nurses in the medical system, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a social media post, he wrote, “They (Nurses) remained at the forefront of our battle against COVID-19 and helped our country steer through the once-in-a-century pandemic. On this International Nurses Day, we pay gratitude to our nursing staff for their exemplary service and commitment.”
Nurses play an integral role in our medical system. They remained at the forefront of our battle against COVID-19 and helped our country steer through the once-in-a-century pandemic.
On this International Nurses Day, we pay gratitude to our nursing staff for their exemplary…
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) May 12, 2023
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology, shared a short video on nurses, who served humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The visuals show nurses taking COVID vaccines to unreachable areas, covering tough terrains and providing preventive healthcare services.
“Nurses play a vital role in keeping our planet healthy” – PM @narendramodi
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar ???????? (@Rajeev_GoI) May 12, 2023
Addressing them as the “heartbeat of healthcare”, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law and Justice, shared throwback pictures with nurses. Wishing them a happy International Nurses Day, Mr Rijiju also called them “superheroes in scrubs” and added, “Your work goes beyond just treating illnesses and injuries; you provide comfort, hope, and a shoulder to lean on during tough times. We salute you and thank you for your unwavering dedication.”
Nurses are the heartbeat of healthcare.
Happy #InternationalNursesDay to all the superheroes in scrubs! Your work goes beyond just treating illnesses and injuries; you provide comfort, hope, and a shoulder to lean on during tough times. We salute you and thank you for your… pic.twitter.com/TBOCokYZFR
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 12, 2023
Tejashwi Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, also shared pictures with nurses and paid “respect to the nursing fraternity, the selfless heroes, for working tirelessly round the clock all over the world to alleviate sufferings of their patients. You people are guardian angels of the mankind.”
On #InternationalNursesDay, I pay my humble respect to the nursing fraternity, the selfless heroes, for working tirelessly round the clock all over the world to alleviate sufferings of their patients. You people are guardian angels of the mankind. pic.twitter.com/wQs8VTMcV0
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 12, 2023
Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, expressed his gratitude to all the nurses for helping keep care and compassion alive.
On the occasion of International Nurses Day, extending my appreciation to all the nurses, who dedicate their time to taking care of patients and showing that compassion is indeed the key for making the world a better place. pic.twitter.com/1HJTj6McLm
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 12, 2023
Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, believes nurses “deserve recognition, appreciation, and respect” for their “selflessness, compassion, and expertise”, which have made a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
On this #InternationalNursesDay, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all nurses. You deserve recognition, appreciation, and respect for your selflessness, compassion, and expertise, which have made a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of countless… pic.twitter.com/MeHhqqcFJ3
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) May 12, 2023
Dr Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa, lauded the “tireless efforts” of nurses that “inspire us to strive toward a healthier tomorrow”.
On the occasion of #InternationalNursesDay, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all nurses for their selfless service and dedication toward the well-being of our citizens.
Your tireless efforts are truly commendable and inspire us to strive toward a healthier tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/d4Z7zDUxzn
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) May 12, 2023
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal also thanked the nurses for serving humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said, “Today we all are alive because of them.”
आज अंतरराष्ट्रीय नर्स दिवस पर मैं उन सभी लाखों नर्सों को नमन करता हूँ जिन्होंने करोना के दौरान पूरी मानवता की सेवा की।आज हम सभी उनकी वजह से जीवित हैं।
सभी को अंतरराष्ट्रीय नर्स दिवस की शुभकामनाएँ।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 12, 2023
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