Marking the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale who laid the foundation of professional nursing, Sri Lanka yesterday celebrated International Nurses' Day and honored the country's nurses.
The 2012 International Nurses Day function under the theme "Closing the Gap: From Evidence to Action" was held at Temple Trees Monday under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Addressing the function President Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka is in the lead among countries meeting the welfare needs of the people and asked the nurses to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities and serve on behalf of the people.
"Nursing is not a job limited for a salary. It is a service," the President told the hundreds of nurses who attended the function stressing that discussions were always suited than strikes to win the rights of workers.
"The nurses must act with dedication to maintain a qualitative nursing service," the President said.
Expressing optimism that the nurses would fulfill their responsibilities, the President said his government is always dedicated to provide a quality health service without being restricted to physical development.
Speaking at the function, the Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena said that role of the free health service is prominent in building a healthy nation and it is not possible to achieve development merely through physical development. pees for the health service.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Head of the Public Services United Nurses Union venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, Secretary to the Health Ministry Dr. Ravindra Ruberu, and Director General of health Services Dr. Ajith Mendis were also present at the occasion.