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World community celebrates International Nurses Day
The world community celebrated the International Nurses Day on May 12 to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth with theme "Nursing: A voice to lead, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" decided by the World health Organization.

In the United Kingdom – the country of the birth of exemplary nurse Florence Nightingale, a service was held in Westminster Abbey in London in her memory at which, a symbolic lamp was taken from the Nurses' Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another, thence to the Dean, who placed it on the High Altar.

The event in London signified the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another. On May 14, at St Margaret's Church at East Wellow in Hampshire, where Florence Nightingale is buried, a service will also held on the Sunday after her birthday.

In India, besides the country-wide observance, the main event was held in New Delhi which was address by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and the National Florence Nightingale Awards for outstanding nursing personnel were presented.

"Nurses in India are at the forefront of our national healthcare system. Their contribution is central to its success. In a developing economy such as ours, nurses and midwives are crucial in delivering cost-effective and, at the same time, good quality healthcare. Our nation is proud of their services," said Mukherjee.

"I call upon nurse educators to inculcate – if not surpass - the world's best, professional, nursing and midwifery educational standards. This endeavour will raise the quality of nursing education in India and also create paths for professional advancement in line with national, regional and global health needs," urged the President.

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