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JM | May 24, 2022

LASCO Chin Foundation and NAJ pay special tribute to the islands’ nurses

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Retired Nurse Shirley White-Dawkins (right) thoroughly enjoys a serenade by the talented Jamaica Constabulary Force Sergeant Andre Gillespie during International Nurses Day celebrations hosted by the Nurses Association of Jamaica and the LASCO Chin Foundation on May 12 at the Terra Nova All Suites Hotel in St Andrew.

With pressure mounting on governments and health systems worldwide, to up their support and investments in nursing sectors, the LASCO Chin Foundation (LCF) renewed its call for corporate and legislative bodies to work together to ease the burdens on Jamaica’s health systems by investing in education, providing adequate remuneration, enabling positive and safe practice environments and encouraging citizens to respect the nation’s nurses. 

On International Nurses Day, LASCO alongside its partner, the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) celebrated the healthcare champions in a rousing ceremony, under the theme ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health’.

Tahirah Fraser (second right), operations manager at the LASCO Chin Foundation (LCF); Dr Pauline V. Mullings (left), family counsellor and guest speaker; President Patsy Edwards-Henry, president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) and Lillian Lewis-McDonald, LASCO NAJ Nurse of the Year 2021-2022, pause for cameras before cutting a ceremonial cake to kick-off the International Nurses Day celebrations on Thursday, May 12 at the Terra Nova All Suites Hotel in St Andrew.

For the past 23 years, LASCO has been consistent in its support of the NAJ, the nursing professionals and students islandwide. 

Recognised on May 12 each year, International Nurses’ Day is set aside to highlight the achievements and service of nurses worldwide, and is a highly anticipated time of merriment for nurses locally. The healthcare system, though short on resources, is staying afloat due largely to the innovation and selflessness of the country’s nurses.

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