Nurses fighting Covid-19 commemorated on International Nurses Day


The Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, along with MECs of the Department of Health from all nine provinces, will hold a candlelight ceremony this morning. The virtual ceremony will take place in commemoration of International Nurses Day in the wake of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Free State Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, all nurses, including those who are retired, are encouraged to join the ceremony.
“This is in recognition of their hard work, dedication and sacrifice. At this moment we will also be able to acknowledge the nurses’ role as frontline workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Each MEC, together with a small group of nurses, will be at various locations in their province for the candle-lighting, while Minister Mkhize leads in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. He will be joining the National Department of Health’s Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Nonhlanhla Makhanya, who will publicly read the Nurses’ Pledge of Service as they are joined by all nurses in the country.

Mvambi explained that the MEC of Free State Health, Montseng Tsiu, will be taking part from the iCam Centre at Bophelo House.
“The candle-lighting and the reading of the pledge will happen at the same time in all provinces. All nurses across the country, both in service and retired, are invited to participate in this special day. Nurses may either log onto the ZOOM platform or engage the public broadcast,” stated Mvambi.

To take part in the candlelight ceremony at 11:00 on Zoom, visit . The password will be 154756 to enter the public event. –

Nomaqhawe Mtebele