Every year, May 12 is observed as International Nurses Day all over the world. This year has been a day to pay tribute and gratitude to Florence Nightingale, a nurse who gave her dedicated services to the people or (army) soldiers who got injured during the World War II (from 1952-1953). The theme for this year's Nurses' Day is "Nurses: A Voice to Lead " Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health".
As per the World Health Organization (WHO), nurses account for more than half of all the world's health workers. Although they have been trained to perform their duty amid the worst conditions, their generous will makes them strong to combat the pandemic-like situation.
In 1953, it was Dorothy Sutherland of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare who proposed to the erstwhile president to proclaim Nurses Day in October. However, his proposal was not approved. Following that, Frances P Bolton, the first woman elected to Congress from Ohio, promoted a bill for National Nurse Week. But later, in February 1974, the then US President Nixon announced a National Nurse Week, from May 6 to May 12 every year. With this, May 12 also began to be recognised as Nurses Day.
Present at the event, Dr Pradip Baruah said that in the medical system, if we see number wise and duty-wise, the place occupied by the nurses comes first. He said that nurses are the backbone of the medical profession.Just like any other hospital, the Nemcare Hospital in Guwahati also observed the International Nurses Day. At this event, many of the nurses took part along with the managing directors of the hospital, Dr Hitesh Baruah and Dr Mihir Barua. Several senior doctors of the hospital, Dr Anjali Baruah, Dr Pradip Baruah, Dr Sumi Baishya and Dr Bipul Chowdhury were present at the event.
In this celebration, a total of 21 nurses from various departments of the hospital were awarded with certificates and a prize. Many nurses also took part in various fun activities like dancing, singing and fancy dress competition organized by the hospital authorities.
Addressing the present crowd, Dr Hitesh Baruah said that it was a matter of pride that God has selected the medical professionals to serve humanity. He highlighted that as it is the noblest profession, so it is our duty to sacrifice for the welfare of our nation and our people. Along with our sacrifices, our dedication and our love towards the work also plays an important role. It was emphasized that we have to keep up to the commitment we made towards the society.
Present at the event, Dr Pradip Baruah said that in the medical system, if we see number wise and duty-wise, the place occupied by the nurses comes first. He said that nurses are the backbone of the medical profession. He also added that they (the nurses) are the one and only who completely knows a patient from the time they get admitted in the hospital to the moment they get discharged.