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Ministry of Health congratulates Nurses on Nurses Day Print E-mail
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Wednesday May 12, 2010

The Ministry of Health joins the Nurses’ Association of Belize today in celebrating International Nurses’ Day under the theme: ‘Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses leading Chronic Care.’

An official ceremony to mark the occasion was held this morning at the Juana Noguera headquarters (Nursing Building) in Belize City. It was organized by the Association to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the nurses by awarding them with medals and certificates of appreciation.

Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen represented the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin as guest speaker. He mentioned in his address that although the nursing profession is constantly challenged to address patient care, working environments along with broader health policies, this profession remains the backbone of the health systems and the heartbeat of the National Health System. He went on to mention that “Nurses throughout the world continue to dispense comfort, compassion and care- even without a prescription.” He congratulated the nurses of Belize and he also ended by wishing all a Happy International Nurses’ Day.

The nursing address was delivered by the Ag. Deputy Director of Health Services (Nursing), Mrs. Augustina Elijio. She spoke about the role of nurses and the changing epidemiological profile of Belize. Aside from the awards given to over 45 retired nurses throughout Belize; Posthumous Awards were also given to Nurse Delcia Goff and Nurse Helen Villanueva.

Open Day activities followed the official ceremonies at the Nursing Building grounds.

The Nurses’ Association of Belize is celebrating fifty-five years since its establishment in 1955. Their objective is to promote and advance the status of nursing as a profession by promoting and maintaining the highest standards of professional nursing services and conduct for the well being of all Belizeans. They have been a member of the International Council of Nurses since 2001 and also a member of the Commonwealth federation of Nurses since 1978.