A mass this afternoon (Tuesday) at the St Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church will kick off a week of activities to observe International Nurses’ Day.
Each year the nursing fraternity around the world embarks upon activities in commemoration of the anniversary of the birthday of the nursing legend, Florence Nightingale.
This year’s theme is: ‘Closing the Gap, Partnering to save Lives of Mothers and Infants.’
Acting health minister Colin McIntyre said the contribution of nurses plays a fundamental role in the development of Dominica.
“They impact the lives of each individual at some point, from conception to grave. Nurses form the largest group of professionals in our health care system, and are on the front line officers in the delivery of direct patient care services,” he said.
According to McIntyre, government has spared no effort in pursuing numerous initiatives, aimed at strengthening the human resource capacity and infrastructure, both in the area of nursing education and practice.
“As a result of our investment, the faculty of health sciences at the DSC is now 100% staffed with nurse educators trained at masters’ level,” he said.
McIntyre said several nurses are currently being supported by government to pursue further education.