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International Nurses Day 2020: Let’s salute our nurses for taking on covid-19

Updated on:12 May 2020, 13:38pm IST
This International Nurses Day let’s come together and thank our frontline workers who are fighting for us the biggest pandemic of recent times.
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We all thank doctors time and again for helping us fight diseases and stay fit, but how many of us show the same gesture to the nursing staff that is instrumental in our recovery. Let us tell you: not too many of us. But today, on the occasion of the International Nurses Day, let us consciously thank the nurses working on the frontline, fighting covid-19

Nurses and their selfless service has been instrumental in the war against covid-19
Covid-19 is a stark reminder of what our nurses and health workers mean to us. After all, what can be more selfless than serving patients who are infected with this highly contagious virus? This, knowing very well that they might get infected too. Ever wondered why they do it? Well, hear it from the nurses themselves. 

“This is a war zone. There are multiple issues for nurses and other healthcare professionals, but that won’t stop us from serving our nation,’’ told Vipin Krishnan, a nurse at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi to Hindustan Times.

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Nurses and other health workers are the actual warriors at this time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Another Delhi-based home nurse (who wishes to remain anonymous) told Hindustan Times: “We chose this profession because it is honourable and helps us serve those in need; so the question of cribbing does not arise. But, there is one thing I have continued to do as a human being, ever since the lockdown began, I have been feeding stray dogs in the locality. They need me just as much as my patient does.”

That’s pretty inspiring right? So, the least we can do right now is support them–and stand up those who are misbehaving with them for being at the covid-19 frontline. 

“Log kaafi bura bhala kehte hain, par main koshish karti hoon ki bura na manoon (People say a lot of inappropriate things to me, but I try not to let those affect me),” told Noorie Masih, a nurse at a private hospital in Gurugram, to the daily. 

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Keeping aside covid-19, why is nurses day celebrated?
Well, now we have more than one reason to do it, but initially 12th May was observed as International Nurses Day to mark the contributions made by nurses all across the world. It is also the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who is the founder of modern nursing. Do you know that the first ever Nurses’ Day was celebrated in 1965?

So, a very happy International Nurses Day to all the nurses out there, and thanks for being there for us–from Team Health Shots.

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