Nurses essential to national campaign against COVID-19 – President Granger
—contributions lauded as Guyana observes International Nurses Day
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, May 12, 2020
His Excellency President David Granger has highlighted the essential role nurses play in the national campaign to overcome the novel coronavirus.
The Head of State made the observation in an address to mark International Nurses Day.
“Nurses are the foundation and are on the frontlines of the healthcare workforce in our national effort to fight this pandemic. Our nurses, despite many challenges, continue to serve dutifully, diligently and with dedication, even in the face of personal peril,” he stated.
In his remarks, the President reminded that nurses provide critical care all across Guyana especially in the rural, hinterland and remote parts of the country.
“They might be required to travel long distances on foot, by all-terrain vehicle or bus by road or in boats by river, or by light aircraft to provide care to the sick or injured. Their service in our homes, hospitals and communities – from birth to death – is well known.”
He noted that their commitment to life-saving efforts even at personal sacrifice especially at this time is commendable, as he encouraged others to recognise their contributions.
President Granger also thanked the nation’s nurses for their “consistent and conscientious service to the country.”
International Nurses Day acknowledges the contribution that nurses make to society and humanity around the world. Guyana established a Nurses Association ninety-two years ago in June 1928, the first English-speaking Caribbean country to do so.