Cyril Ramaphosa

To commemorate International Nurses Day, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa applauded the role that thousands of nurses played in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

With the world confronting the worst pandemic in over 100 years, the president said that South African nurses’ dedication in serving communities should not be underestimated.

“Nurses are the frontline of our healthcare system and we appreciate the dedication with which they perform their duties in public and private hospitals and clinics, in schools, in mines, in pharmacies, in corporate health and wellness programmes, in sports federations and as neighbors who don’t mind being woken up in the middle of the night when we need help,” said the president in a statement.

He said nurses must be commended for protecting the most vulnerable members of the community from diseases.

“Nurses deserve our appreciation and gratitude and we must offer nurses the protection they need against a range of threats, from viruses to violence. Currently, nurses are placing themselves between our communities and the unseen enemy we face in COVID-19,” he said.

Ramaphosa said by working during the pandemic, nurses were putting the interest of the country first.

International Nurses Day is marked around the globe annually on May 12 to celebrate the birth of Florence Nightingale who was the founder of modern nursing. Enditem

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