Nurses and midwives in Grand Bassa County joined their colleagues in other counties and around the world in celebrating International Nurses’ Day, on May 12, 2016 in the port city of Buchanan.
Giving the history of the day, Miss Felecia Kamara told the gathering that International Nurses’ Day is observed May 12th every year to commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale, a foundational philosopher of modern nursing, in 1820.
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland proposed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaim a Nurses’ Day, but he (Eisenhower) did not approve, she explained.
Since January 1974, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has been preparing and distributing International Nurses’ Day kits containing educational and public information materials to be used by nurses throughout the world.
The materials, Kamara said, are to be used to create awareness on issues pertinent to the nursing profession, including the impact of economic factors and the ongoing struggles against inadequate pay and working conditions.
Addressing the occasion, the assistant administrator at the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan, Issac G. Bannie, expressed disappointment over the failure of the invited county leadership and other personalities to attend the program, to show appreciation to the nurses and midwives, who work through sleepless nights to save the lives of sick people.
Mr. Bannie described the nurses and midwives as a “force of change in human lives,” because they work to change the sorrow of the sick and give them hope for survival when relatives and society neglect them.
Also speaking at the program, the County Health Services Administrator of the Ministry of Health, Gregory W.Walker, thanked health practioners for their sacrifices and dedicated work in saving lives over the years.
He recommended that during the next celebration of the International Nurses’ Day, nurses should be honored for their work accordingly, and pledged US$500 to help with program expenses.