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Mes­sage of sup­port for nurses, mid­wives

- STAFF WRITER

THE World Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (WMA) is­sued a New Year mes­sage of sup­port for nurses and mid­wives to mark the 200th an­niver­sary of the birth of Florence Nightin­gale.

Nightin­gale, an English so­cial re­former and statis­ti­cian, and the founder of mod­ern nurs­ing, was born on May 12, 1820, and died on Au­gust13, 1910. Nightin­gale came to promi­nence while serv­ing as a man­ager and trainer of nurses dur­ing the Crimean War, where she or­gan­ised care for wounded sol­diers.

Her so­cial re­forms in­cluded im­prov­ing healthcare for all sec­tions of Bri­tish so­ci­ety, ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter hunger re­lief in In­dia, help­ing to abol­ish pros­ti­tu­tion laws that were harsh for women, and ex­pand­ing the ac­cept­able forms of fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­force.

The WMA’s mes­sage fol­lows the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s de­ci­sion to des­ig­nate 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Mid­wife”.

The WMA, rep­re­sent­ing thou­sands of physi­cians across the world, is­sued a mes­sage of thanks to nurses and mid­wives for their co-op­er­a­tion and team­work at all times, in all coun­tries and in all con­di­tions.

WMA pres­i­dent Dr Miguel Jorge said: “We are proud to work in mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary teams pro­vid­ing the best health-care nec­es­sary. Our nurs­ing

“Nurses are of­ten the only pro­fes­sion­als to see a pa­tient Miguel Jorge WMA pres­i­dent

col­leagues are strong part­ners in help­ing pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties, and to­gether we make a dif­fer­ence.

“Nurses and mid­wifes are of­ten the first health pro­fes­sion­als to see a pa­tient, and some­times the only ones.”

WMA chair­per­son Dr Frank Ul­rich Mont­gomery added: “For heal­ing pa­tients and the best care, for pal­li­a­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, for com­mu­nity care and pre­ven­tion, nurses and mid­wifes are an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the chain to de­liver health-care.”

“We hope that declar­ing 2020 as the ‘Year of the Nurse and Mid­wife’ is more than just to­kenism and lip-ser­vice.”

There was a se­vere lack of nurses in many coun­tries, and nurses were des­per­ately needed, Mont­gomery said.

“We hope and ex­pect gov­ern­ments to take the nec­es­sary steps to im­prove the work­ing and liv­ing con­di­tions of nurses and mid­wives, so that they can pro­vide the ser­vices for which they have been trained,” he said.

 ?? African News Agency (ANA) ?? HUN­DREDS were en­ter­tained by Malay choirs par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual Night March Street Pa­rade on Mon­day in the Bo-Kaap. | HOUGH
African News Agency (ANA) HUN­DREDS were en­ter­tained by Malay choirs par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual Night March Street Pa­rade on Mon­day in the Bo-Kaap. | HOUGH

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