Long-serving nurses recognised for their devotion


18-August-2012

The long-serving nurses in a souvenir photograph with guests at yesterday’s ceremony

The event, which was attended by Vice-President Danny Faure, has been organised by the Ministry of Health and the Nurses Association of the Republic of Seychelles (Nars).

Also present were Health Minister Mitcy Larue and Nars’ patron Macsuzy Mondon as well as other ministers and high government officials.

Nars chairperson Elsia Sinon and other members were also there.
A total of 15 nurses received certificates and shields for having spent 35 years in the profession.

One nurse, Marie-Antoinette Salomon who is celebrating 41 years in nursing received a special mention. Mrs Salomon joined the nursing school in 1970 and qualified as a general nurse in 1973.

Marie-Antoinette Salomon who is celebrating 41 years in nursing received a special mention

She completed and obtained her midwifery registration in 1974 and has been working in the theatre for the past 37 years. Apart from certificate and shield Mrs Salomon also received a gift from President James Michel.

During the ceremony there was also a presentation of certificates to nurses who have received their masters degree in midwifery and women health as well as bachelor of science degree in midwifery.

Addressing the nurses, Mrs Larue said the government has high regard to all categories of health workers and professionals.

“We appreciate their efforts and fully understand that health workers are the most critical resources in meeting our constitutional mandate of ensuring access to quality health care by all citizens of Seychelles.”

She added that this annual ceremony recognises those who have set a brilliant example and nursed for 35 years and more.

Despite the many challenges faced by their professions, nurses and midwives continue to deliver on their invaluable role of delivering quality health care to all in need, she added.

Mrs Larue praised them for this very strong work ethic and called on them to continue to believe in themselves and demonstrate passion and pride in caring for others while they uphold the ethos and standard of the profession.

Mrs Sinon congratulated the awardees for their hardwork and their years in the profession.

She said nurses are not deterred by the challenges they faced but they are more assertive and proactive.

“We need to value our professionals and uphold the image of nurses and midwives and called on her colleagues to renew their commitment to their patients and the profession.”

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