Since 1950, 7th of April each year has been celebrated as the World Health Day; the objective of which is to raise global awareness of specific health themes each year to call attention to a high-priority area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO has chosen 7th April 2020 to honour the works of nurses and midwives at this time of major crisis; in line with which we at the MVM Group of Institutions are celebrating today the work of nurses and midwives to remind our readers and every citizen of the globe of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.
The nurses and other health care workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response; working round the clock while catering medical care and treatment of the highest quality. While the rest of the world has gone for a global lock-down with business and economic growth coming to an absolute standstill, the nurses and other health workers haven’t had the choice of restricting themselves to the safety of their homes. They have been addressing fears, questions and in some cases collecting data for clinical research. In simple words, without nurses, there wouldn’t be a response!
The WHO has announced 2020 as the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife”, and chosen this day to highlight the current status of nursing around the world.
While they work towards making necessary amends to strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce to achieve national and global targets related to maternal care and child health, infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency responses, patient safety, health coverage and delivery of integrated, people-centred care, amongst others; let us do our bit by following our respective governments’ guidelines in this distressing time.
We urge everyone to follow safety and hygiene measures and refrain from leaving their homes unnecessarily. Have healthy home-cooked meals and maintain a good standard of sanitation in and around your dwelling place.
Let us support the nurses and midwives. Let us help them help us!