Kohima, May 12: Nagaland today joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Nurses Day on the theme “A voice to lead – Health is a human right”.
The Trained Nurses Association of India, Local Branch Kohima celebrated the occasion at DBT Hall, Naga Hospital Authority Kohima with NPF MLA Keneizhakho Nakhro as special guest.
Addressing the nurses, Nakhro said acknowledged the contribution of nurses fraternity towards the wellbeing of the society and choosing nursing as a career knowing the that there are several hazardous challenges against all odds.
“Behind every good doctor, there is a great nurse,” he said adding that “in spite of all your sacrifices and dedication many a times our society may have failed to acknowledge you in giving the least due respect and rewards to your services”.
Nonetheless, he said there can be no greater satisfaction than to be there for people in time of their needs and despairs and this is what exactly made Florence Nightingale “The Lady with the lamp”.
He also urged nurses to continue their good work in serving humanity.
Making an introduction to the theme, Nursing Tutor, SON NHAK, S. Tiakala Longkumer said that the focus of the theme on health as a human right attempts to enable the nursing fraternity in recognizing the philosophical basis of nursing whether it is health promotion, illness or trauma prevention, or acute and chronic treatment.
“It enables the nurses to locate the health effects of the social determinants of health such as sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, good working condition education, equality and clean environment,” she said.
Viewing that the right approach to health system needs to be responsive to both local and national priorities and be accessible to all, she expressed that when the right approach is achieved, the foundations are set in place for a healthy and equitable society.
“Let us join our voices together to be a voice to lead by supporting people centred approach to health care and health system and ensuring that our voices are heard in influencing health policy, planning and provision,” she appealed.
Rita Angami, President, TNAI Local Branch, Kohima who was the chairperson of the celebration was awarded with prestigious title of ‘Nurse of the Year’ on the occasion.
Retired Deputy Director Nursing, Kiyasetuonuo led in lighting the lamp while special number was presented by Kedolhounuo & friends while TNAI Local Branch general secretary Anatoli tendered the vote of thanks. (Page News Service)