Namchi, 12 May [IPR]:
International Nurses Day with the theme 'Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human Right' was observed at South District Officers Club today. Organized by the nursing staff of Namchi District Hospital the programme had District Medical Superintendent (South), Dr D.C. Sharma as the chief guest accompanied by doctors, nurses and a host of medical staff of Namchi District Hospital, South Sikkim.
Dr D.C. Sharma in his address highlighted the significance of International Nurses Day and informed that the day is observed every year globally to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and also to mark the contribution of nurses towards the society.
“International Council of Nurses (ICN)' is responsible to select the theme for the celebration and that the theme this year sheds light on the nurses led initiatives that enable hard-to-reach, underserved and vulnerable populations to have access to the highest standards of healthcare,” he added.
He also emphasized about the purpose of the occasion and said that the day marks the substantial contribution made to society by nurses all over the world and underlined that the occupation of nursing is considered as one of the most respected professions globally because it requires a commendable amount of selfless hard work.
He also implored that the day will assist in promoting an in-depth understanding of the diversity of nursing work and the high levels of skills required in successfully implementing the work.
Furthermore, he updated that awards are being constituted for the best nursing staff and advocated the nurses to execute their nursing expertise in a diligent manner and focus in positively improving patient experiences, promote public health and reduce health inequalities.
Speaking, during the occasion Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Prem Ongmit Lepcha detailed about the background and the impressive development achieved by Namchi District Hospital till date.
She highlighted the aims and objectives of nurse wherein she laid prominence that nurses should be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills in managing specific health care issues and improve clinical practices. She also updated the gathering about different wings of the nursing department under the State Government and urged the nurses to familiarize themselves with important nursing wings.
During the course of the program a tokens of love were presented to retired senior DPHNO, Tarun Rai, retired CHO (Community Health Officer), Dawa Rikey Sherpa and retired senior ANM Blood Blank in-charge, Nirmala Pradhan.
It may be mentioned here that a week-long activity was also organised in connection with this year’s Nurses Day celebration by the nursing staff of the hospital. The weeklong activities comprised of voluntary blood donation, cleanliness and plantation drive, quality health talk specially directed to the students alongside a variety of social services.