Public to play part in celebrating nurses

−One minute of noise countrywide recognising nurses’ contributions

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

President of the Guyana Nursing Association, Cleopatra Barkoye is calling on the Guyanese public to join in a one-time even to recognise the achievement of Guyanese nurses.

GNA President

President of the Guyana Nurses Association, Cleopatra Barkoye

“On 12 May, we are asking the ministry and other organisations and agencies to celebrate with us at 5:00pm by doing one of the following, either sounding a siren, blowing a vehicle horn, ringing of a bell or clapping of hands.”

These sounds are to be made for one minute sending a clear signal that “we stand with nurses” Barkoye said.

She noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a pause on major celebrations worldwide, one of these being the observation of the International Day of the Nurse on May 12, 2020.

Added to this, the GNA President said that organisations can distribute ribbons to staff and visitors and also hoist white flags on buildings. Private homes and vehicles can also fly a white flag or cloth showing solidarity with nurses.

These displays of support, Barkoye noted are all in keeping with the World Health Assembly’s recognition of nurses, “because we recognise that nurses are always on the frontline giving care and because of this we can achieve universal health coverage.”

May 12, 2020, is also the 200th birth anniversary of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, known as the lady with the lamp.