In commemoration of International Nurses Day, the Free State Department of Health will on Friday 15 May 2020 honour nurses at the Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital.
According to departmental spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, the celebrations are in line with the efforts to support nurses for their bravery in the fight against Covid-19. “As our first line of defense, nurses are our national heroes whose efforts require recognition,” said Mvambi.
He also highlighted that nurses are in the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics by providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. As a result the FS Department of Health wants to show its appreciation and support to the nurses.
Free State Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health, Montseng Tsiu, said throughout patients’ attentive stay at health facilities nurses are always on the frontline of patient care and management.
“As we celebrate the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife, coinciding with the commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s birth 200 years ago, our nurses need to be well considered with provision for psycho-social support.
“They also require empowerment with technological devices as well as personal protective equipment that can enhance their ability to provide safe, attentive care to their patients, even during the handling of dangerous and infectious diseases such as Covid-19.
“Achieving this is no mean feat and cannot be achieved by government alone, but through smart partnerships with corporate citizens,” said Tsiu.