On International Nursing Day 2023, observed on May 12 every year, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) celebrated its nurses under the theme ‘Our Nurses. Our Future’, through a celebration held in Al Sadd Health Center.
The celebration was attended by Dr. Samya Ahmad Al Abdulla, Executive Director of Operations at PHCC, Ibtisam Abdullah Jassim, Acting Director of Nursing at PHCC, and regional directors, Dr. Fathia Al Meer, Central Regional Director, Dr. Nada Al Emadi, Northern Regional Director, and Dr. Hiyam Al Sada, Western Regional Director.
International Nursing Day is celebrated worldwide to raise awareness of the nursing profession and highlight the crucial role nurses play and their valuable contributions to providing healthcare to improve individual and society’s health. This year’s theme, ‘Our Nurses. Our Future’, comes to underscore the significant role nurses play in shaping the future of healthcare, especially in times of crisis, where they are the backbone and beating heart of any health institution.
With a word, Dr. Samya Al Abdullah expressed her thanks and gratitude to nurses presenting their colleagues in 31 health centers, as well as school health nurses for their dedication, diligence, and excellence in performing the tasks assigned to them. She also highlighted the pivotal role nurses have played in the past three years, especially during COVID-19 pandemic, spread to all countries across the world. In addition to their prominent role and tangible efforts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the first World Cup in the Arab world and Middle East.
In her speech, Dr. Al Abdullah stressed that the nursing profession was, and continues to be, the line of defense and the protective shield for society through being on the front lines doing their best to provide care for patients.
For her part, Ibtisam Abdullah commended the efforts of PHCC nurses and highlighted the future plans to be implemented during the next five years, through which she aspires to shape a highly skilled and distinguished nursing cadre and a national highly skilled nursing leaders that elevates the nursing profession and helps PHCC go above and beyond.
At the end of the ceremony, 47 staff were honored, 38 of whom were distinguished nurses, six family physicians, and three from other departments for their outstanding efforts and positive contributions in shaping nurses at PHCC.