LAHORE - Like other parts of the globe, the International Nurses Day was observed across the country including Lahore on Tuesday to acknowledge and admire the services of nurses for ailing humanity.

The Nursing Day is observed on May 12, birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who is considered to be the founder of modern nursing.

This year's theme was 'Nurses: A Force for Change -A vital resource for health'. Seminars and workshops were arranged at public sector and private hospitals to highlight the importance of nursing profession and their contributions for treatment of suffering humanity.

The Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) arranged a seminar to mark the day.

Addressing the participants, Principal Post Graduate College of Nursing Kousar Perveen said the modern healthcare system cannot be even imagined without nurses. “Nurses are symbol of care and hope who always kindle a light to remove the darkness of depression. Our government should take nurses on board while formulating health policy,” she said.

Parveen also urged the nurses to keep their morale high while treating patients and promoting health education.

Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendent of PIC Samina Yasmeen, senior nurses Shabana Khushi, Nasreen Ghazi, Shamaila Nawaz, Shugufta and Alla Rakhi also addressed the function.

Samina Yasmin said that though Florence Nightingale is considered the pioneer of modern nursing but in reality Safiyyah bint ‘Abd al-Muttalib and other Sahabiat - great women at the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - provided first aid to the injured during various battles in early period of Islam and hence became the real leaders of nurses to carry out this noble mission.

She highlighted that nurses serve the ailing humanity without any discrimination during peace and war times in every society selflessly. Their services during earthquakes and floods in Pakistan cannot be ignored.

She also encouraged the CM’s decision to regularise thousands of nurses working on contract basis for a long time.

Shamiala Nawaz was of the view that nurses are message of hope for patients. She emphasised upon the nurses to improve their professional efficiency and capacity to cope with the requirements of modern age.

At the end of the function, participants kindled lamps with a resolve to of promoting this noble cause of nursing.