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President of ICN, Annette Kennedy and Director General of World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the Conference Today
Date Posted: 01/Jul/2019

DG W.H.O Dr Tedros Makes Surprise Visit to ICN Congress 2019

It was another great day in Singapore at the Nurses Congress here in #singapore. The day started when the President of ICN Annette Kennedy surprised the over 5,000 Nurses in the packed full Hall of the presence of the Director General of World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The ovation that greeted that announcement quite literally almost brought the roof of the hall down.

The WHO Director-General thanked all for allowing him to witness this all-important World Congress of Nurses. He said that he had left the G20 meeting for the Nurses Congress to demonstrate how important Nurses are in realizing the goals of WHO.

President of ICN, Annette Kennedy and Director General of World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the Conference Today

Dr. Ghebreyesus an incredibly accomplished and impactful public health advocate, spoke with much pride and endearment of the nursing body, expressing how the role of nursing shall be "amplified and promoted" as the work of W.H.O. and Nursing Now moves forward.

He reiterated his support for the nursing workforce, saying: "Nurses and Midwives are the backbones of every health system. They account for more than half of the global health workforce and are vital for realizing the vision of universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. WHO is proud to support ICN and the Nursing Now campaign to ensure we fill this critical gap.”

Dr. Tedros spoke of how Nurses are the "bridge" of healthcare, a crucial link between the people of the community and the complex healthcare system.

He reminded Nurses that year 2020 is also the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale, and according to Dr him, "we need to celebrate people like her who have contributed greatly to humanity hence year 2020 has been declared the year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Today could also be termed the day of the Professors of Nursing. As 3 Professors made presentations on Health Care Watershed?; New Evidence of Impact of safe Nurse Staffing Interventions; alignment of Safeties, nursing safety, Patient Safety. Other Papers were on Global Perspectives of Advanced Nursing Practice, Leading For Health (ICN Leadership programs), etc.

A Special Fund Raising was done for the Florence Nightingale Foundation. And finally some plenary sessions was had which featured Researches on NCD Prevention and Management, Cancer, Care for the Elderly, Professional Development, Quality Improvement, Working environment and workplace, etc   

The Conference ends tomorrow. Reporting from Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 2019 ICN

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