Antigua and Barbuda salutes nurses


Nurses across all health-care services gathered along the Queen Elizabeth highway for a one hour ‘Drive-By Parade” on Tuesday in recognition of International Nurses Day.

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The annual event was first celebrated in 1965 by the International Council of Nurses.

According to the World Health Organization, “Historically, as well as today, nurses are at the forefront  of fighting epidemics and pandemics – providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. They are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care, and treatment is vital.”

To celebrate these important front-line fighters in Antigua, scores of motorists and passengers drove by the assembled nurses in a motorcade-style-paced, with enthusiastic waves and car honks, showing their admiration and support for the country’s health-care workers.

The salutations given to the nurses were not just from residents, but also from members of the Royal Police Force and the Antigua and Barbuda Fire Brigade who led a continuous parade for the nurses.

As the nurses assembled on both sides of the highway, adorned in their uniforms with placards and banners in hand, many said they felt a sense of pride and were humbled at the level of support they were receiving from the public.

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