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IUM Celebrates International Nurses Day

The International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every year on the 12 of May to mark the contribution Nurses make to society. The IUM School of Health Sciences joined their counterparts from UNAM, Welwitchia University, Paramount Healthcare Centre on the day at the UNAM Leisure centre to celebrate the day under the theme, “Nursing: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)”. The event was aimed at raising awareness amongst the Nursing profession, the general population and policy makers of what SDGs are and why they matter.

Professor Agnes Van Dyk, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at IUM in her speech, underlined the history of the International Nurses day and the importance of this auspicious yearly celebration. She stated that the day has been celebrated since 1974, on the 12 of May with the aim of raising awareness on the important role Nurses play in society.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Honourable J. Kavetuna delivered the keynote address during this day and emphasized that the Nursing Profession was one which required passion first on top of education. She further highlighted that the affection given by the caring Nurses while caring for the sick had the greatest effect on the healing process of the patient. “Nursing is not a profession, it’s a calling” she stated.