2013-05-10 17:18:26

Indian President to honour 35 nurses on International Nurses Day

10 May, 2013 - On the occasion of International Nurses Day, May 12, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will honour 35 people from medical nursing profession for their meritorious service in the country. The National Florence Nightingale Award recognizes the people from various categories of the nursing profession for their service with devotion, sincerity, dedication and compassion, said an official release. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare instituted the award in 1973, and is given to the outstanding nurses employed in government health facilities, voluntary organizations, mission institutions and other private institutions, following recommendations from state government. The annual award, given on the birthday of the pioneering English nurse Florence Nightingale, includes 50,000 rupees, a certificate, a citation certificate and a medal. Since the creation of the National Florence Nightingale Award in 1973, 237 nurses have been honoured so far, and 35 will be added to the ranks on Sunday.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemorates this day each year with the production and distribution of educational and public information materials for use by nurses with a new theme. This year's theme - Closing the Gap – is focused on the Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. (Source: Ucanews)

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