International Nurses Day: Nursing the World to Health

By Lawrence Mushabe

International Nurses Day (ICN) is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. ICN commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) resources and evidence.

There are more than 20 million nurses across the world and each one of them has a story. They know about hope and courage, joy and despair, pain and suffering, and life and death. As an ever-present force for good, nurses hear the first cries of newborn babies and witness the last breaths of the dying. They are present at some of life’s most precious moments, and at some of its most tragic. Nurses serve humanity and, by their actions, they protect the health and well-being of individuals, communities and nations.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) believes that it is vitally important to show the world who nurses are and what they do—especially this year: The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. As the whole world celebrates the international nurses day, Uganda is warmly appreciative towards Ministry the Health workers, in particular since the first case of COvid19 was registered on March 21.

Under a theme, Nursing the World To Health, some of Uganda’s Nurses in partnership with the ministry of health has organized a webinar at Soroti
regional referral hospital to discuss the future directions for nursing work
force and its policies in Uganda.

Ministry of health states that the nursing profession comprises of the
largest category of professionals that provide approximately 80% of the health care workforce. The objective of this webinar is to have a dialogue on how policies can play role in addressing dire shortage of nurses in high and low income countries alike and a raise awareness of the current nursing policies in Uganda.

Dr Micheal Lwanga the Director of Soroti regional referral hospital has
greatly appreciated their nurses who make a big percentage of the health
workers at the hospital through the hospital twitter handle page. “Nurses at
our hospital make up 70% of the entire health workforce a very strong pillar of our system. Without nurses, we shall just close the hospital,’’ Dr Lwanga tweeted.

“Nurses are so ready to serve the country amidst this Covid19 pandemic
as long as they are protected,” intimated Sr. Alice Abako, the principal Soroti school comprehensive nursing urging that because of
their unique role of working with people from birth to death, Nurses need to be involved in formulating the health policy.

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