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City salutes health staff on International Nurses Day<p>​</p><p>The theme for this year, ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead’, could not be more appropriate. </p><p>Nurses are the largest part of our healthcare profession and have been at the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic. </p><p>They continue to provide life-saving services to our most vulnerable communities and show continued commitment despite their own fears and anxieties. </p><p>We acknowledge their passion, dedication and innovation with gratitude.</p><p>The past year has arguably been one of the most challenging for our nurses, and health services as a whole.</p><p>They have lost colleagues, relatives and friends to the pandemic. It is not easy to keep going when the world is gripped by fear, yet these extraordinary women and men press on.</p><p>The way in which they work too has changed dramatically, with a number of innovations introduced as part of the City’s Covid-19 response. </p><p>Some of these measures included the introduction of overflow facilities and queueing systems to balance the needs of Covid-19 patients and ongoing provision of general primary health care, as well as Covid-19 testing booths.</p><p>In spite of the ever-present risk of infection, our health staff went beyond the call of duty during one of the most difficult times in world history.</p><p>As we pause to mark International Nurses Day on 12 May, I want to extend the City’s gratitude to our nursing staff and encourage them to stay the course, difficult as it is.</p><p>We are starting to see signs of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, with an average of 160 new cases being diagnosed per day.</p><p>It is likely that these numbers will start increasing in the weeks ahead, which will require another herculean effort from our healthcare workers.</p><p>The City has made progress with the vaccination of approximately 76% of our health staff to date. </p><p>These efforts, along with other measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 are ongoing, but they require everyone to play a role.</p><p>I therefore appeal to the public to help us honour our nurses on International Nurses Day by implementing Covid-19 health and safety protocols at all times. </p><p>The more we do to safeguard ourselves, the lighter the load that our health workers have to carry.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-05-10T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f;L0|#00f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f|clinic;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#793c3771-a988-409d-a813-be5e985cda9f;L0|#0793c3771-a988-409d-a813-be5e985cda9f|Healthcare;GP0|#7909552d-7094-4a9e-9841-a8188cf93029;L0|#07909552d-7094-4a9e-9841-a8188cf93029|Celebration10

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