New Year message to nurses and midwives in Seychelles |04 January 2022
A new year is always greeted with renewed hope and optimism that it will be better than the previous ones. A new year, a new decade, and a new dawn await nurses and midwives in Seychelles and around the world. As we begin another year, there are a few people for whom we should be grateful, and they are none other than nurses and midwives. They are our hope in the face of the current pandemic, which is spreading by the day. The majority of health-care services are working nonstop to respond to Covid-19.
Nurses from public health, private practices, and retired nurses are all on the front lines of the coronavirus battle today. They may not be in the spotlight, but each of them is making a difference in the lives of our people during this pandemic. Not just in hospitals for the most seriously ill patients, but throughout the system: in communities, general practice, mental health, and social care, assisting people in their time of need as the Ministry of Health faces increasing strain. Thank you so much for your selfless service during this difficult time.
Despite all of the daily frustrations and unreasonable demands, you keep going because you love your job and want to help people in their time of need. We do not know how strong the approaching storm will be or how long it will last, so it is a level of patience, kindness, and coolness under pressure that appears superhuman to anyone. Our reaction is to brace ourselves for the worst while hoping for the best. In the face of the coronavirus threat, we need you to draw on your deep reserves of compassion and determination, because the country's situation is dire.
Despite this, we must keep in mind that meeting that target necessitates a whole-system approach. We must retain and return existing staff, increase recruitment, and, most importantly, attract more young people into nursing in the first place. Nursing is a vocation, but it is also a skilled profession requiring extensive knowledge and expertise in areas ranging from technology to long-term disease management. A successful career is both challenging and rewarding, exhilarating and exhausting at times.
As the year 2021 ends, I would like to express my condolences to everyone affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my fellow nurses and midwives who have worked and cared for patients during this trying year. Thank you for your commitment, bravery, kindness, and tenacity. We will greet 2022 with renewed optimism. Hope in science and medicine, as well as hope in you, the nurses and midwives who work tirelessly to provide quality health care.
I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
Chief Nursing Officer