Int’l Nurses Day: Nurses to benefit from int’l training – Health Minister

Nurses are set to receive training under international partnerships, Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony said at a ceremony on Monday to observe International Nurses Day, celebrated under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health.”

Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony with nurses at the Georgetown Public Hospital

Dr Anthony, in brief remarks at the small ceremony, made known that nurses in Guyana would benefit from international training through the Ministry’s various collaborations with international institutions around the world.
He said that the Government was working to modernise the health-care sector and to do so, there must be healthcare workers, like nurses, who were equipped with expert knowledge and skills to function and administer health care to the citizens of Guyana.

GPHC Chief Executive Officer (ag), Dr Robbie Rambarran

He added that for that to happen partnerships must be made at the international level to ensure that the health care being administered was of the best standard.
The Minister noted that the Health Ministry would be partnering with York University – a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The university is known globally for its Nursing Resource Centre.
It is the hope of the Ministry that nurses could benefit from the team that would be coming to Guyana from York University as it pertained to improving the administration of health-care services to patients, not only at the Georgetown Public Hospital, but at all the public hospitals across the country.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr Robbie Rambarran told sections of the media that citizens must not underestimate the importance of nurses in the health-care sector.
He noted that the administration of state-of-the-art health care would not be possible without nurses and as such, to this end, was committed to advocating for them.
Every year on May 12, the world marks International Nurses Day in recognition of the tireless and invaluable contribution of nurses to health care and global health security, and also nurses around the world celebrate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, a British nurse who was known as the foundational philosopher of modern nursing.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) observes International Nurses Day with the presentation and issuance of promotional and educational materials.
The small local ceremony, which was organised to celebrate the hard work of nurses, was held in the parking lot of the GPHC.