Nurses – Our Health Heroes

The year 2020 has been dubbed by the World Health Organization as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Rightfully so, as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the important role that nurses play is even more evident in these challenging time.

In light of this, International Nurses Day, which also celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of the great Florence Nightingale, will this year hone the theme: Nurses: A voice to lead – Nursing the World to Health.

Nurses in Jamaica account for the majority of technical human resource in the public health sector. They are frontline healthcare providers, with the requisite training and skills to appropriately identify, treat and refer patients throughout the health care continuum.

Nurses in Jamaica have contributed significantly to the achievements of the priority areas of the Ministry of Health & Wellness, such as improved immunization coverage, sustaining the fight against NCDs and communicable diseases, decrease in infant, child and maternal mortality among others. As a substantive part of the public health workforce, nurses also play a key role in universal health and primary care renewal.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness’ strategic priorities continues to include maintaining and developing a qualified and professional workforce for the delivery of health and allied services, as well as addressing health system challenges in terms of inadequate distribution and a shortage of skilled healthcare workers. Our Nurses form a critical part of these priorities and we will continue to explore various avenues for nurses to hone their skills, receive the maximum benefits, while contributing to the best health outcome for all.

We hear your voices and today we take the time to acknowledge the heroes of health, who without, public health would not be possible. We thank you for your bravery, virtue and your selflessness as you commit your lives daily to delivery healthcare with compassion.

Happy International Nurses Day! We salute you our health heroes.

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