The government has commended the hard work and diligent role nurses have played and continue to play in keeping the nation healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This as the world commemorates International Nurses Day on Wednesday under the theme “One voice to lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health”.
“The government has seen and continues to see the heroic efforts of nurses in the fight against COVID-19 and in the treatment of other illnesses. The government wishes you a happy International Nurses Day.
“The government will continue to provide a framework for a structured and uniform health system for South Africa. The country’s health care workers are essential to building the country we envisioned at the start of our democracy. Thanks to the heroic work of nurses, we are able to advance our constitutional obligations which enshrine the right to health as a fundamental human right,” reads a government statement.
The Director General of the Government Communications Information System (GCIS), Phumla Williams, underscored the importance of the day.
“It’s an important day to celebrate, especially given all the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have seen how caregivers have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, we must appreciate their dedication and service during one of the worst times, not only in our country, but in the world. “Williams said.
She condemned the violent attacks on healthcare workers and called on society to protect those who serve the nation in all healthcare facilities across the country.
“We appreciate the important role that nurses play in changing lives, and I call on all South Africans to reject attacks and theft of healthcare workers in healthcare facilities.
“We call on all community members to work with the police to ensure that healthcare workers are protected and the perpetrators are arrested. We cannot harm and rob the same people who go above and beyond the call of duty to save our lives and help us improve our health,” Williams said. – SAnews.gov.za
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