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International Nurses Day: Mzansi celebrates our brave frontline workers

Andile Sicetsha - 12.05.2021

On International Nurses Day, we celebrate the brave sisters who’ve worked tirelessly to save lives in a pandemic that’s killed millions.

International Nurses Day returns this year at a time when these frontline healthcare workers have played a crucial role in saving lives in a global pandemic.

Why do we celebrate International Nurses Day?

Sisters are the heartbeat of any hospital, from taking in new patients to lending a hand in trauma units. Nurses have been tasked with holding the frontlines of this war against an unseen enemy that’s pillaged millions of lives and on this day, the world commemorates their invaluable contributions.

This observance was launched in 1965, in memory of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. To immortalise her pioneering work, International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday every year on this day.

Mzansi celebrates our frontline workers

Social media has been abuzz with heartfelt messages to nurses, the bedrock of our livelihoods in this horrid pandemic. Here are some of the reactions we picked out: