Parliament, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 – The Presiding Officers of Parliament, led by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Thandi Modise, and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Amos Masondo, join the world in celebrating International Nurses’ Day.

International Nurses Day is commemorated annually on the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. In celebrating the day, Parliament wishes to draw attention to the instrumental role played by the nurses in ensuring quality healthcare services in the communities.

“The key and critical role that nurses are playing in caring for the safety, welfare, and recovery of patients and the communities at large cannot be overemphasised, more especially during these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Presiding Officers.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into greater emphasis the everyday sacrifices that nurses make for our health and preserving lives. We salute them for giving so much of themselves to improve the lives and health of those in need, sometimes even under difficult and traumatic circumstances,” the Presiding officers added.

The Presiding Officers of Parliament pay tribute to the nurses who passed away in the line of duty including due to Covid-19, celebrate and express their deepest appreciation for all nurses and health care workers on this day.

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