#TurksandCaicos, May 17, 2021 – Globally, at least 17,000 health care workers have died from COVID-19 over the last year according to Amnesty International and not one of those deaths were recorded in the Turks and Caicos; it was a fact not lost on health care providers on International Nurses Day. Two hundred nurses in Turks and Caicos from the public and private sector were celebrated, put on their rightful pedestal for their survival, stamina and service.
“Today we join with the rest of the world in recognizing and celebrating all nurses in the Turks and Caicos Islands and elsewhere on this International Nurses Day.
International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12th every year, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a famed British nurse known as the founder of nursing, and serves to bring appreciation and awareness to the occupation of nursing.
The theme for the 2021 International Nurses Day is: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare,” said Anya Williams, Deputy Governor in a message on May 12, 2021.
“During the last year the nurses have played key roles on the front line in helping to respond to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a selfless, tireless year for the medical profession and we owe them a debt of gratitude and appreciation for the work that they have and continue to do, so nurses across the TCI and elsewhere today and always we recognize, celebrate and appreciate you.”
That sentiment was echoed in the half a dozen speeches made during a special ceremony at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center last Wednesday morning.
The Ports Authority, as a part of its outreach program, ensured every nurse in the TCI was gifted on this special day.
Health Minister E Jay Saunders was also at the ceremony; stating his amazement at what nurses are able to accomplish, drawing laughter as he thanked them for their tireless, often thankless work.
Nurses were gathered at the Healing Garden of the Cheshire Hall Medical Center. Deputy Premier and Minister of Health informed, during the ceremony, he will be an advocate for better pay, improved working conditions and more vigorous support will come to those who desire to pursue a career in nursing.
Hon Saunders offered empathy to the regional nursing community which suffered loss of co-workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.