KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Nurses have played a key role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, from treating patients to the successful implementation of the country's national immunization program, Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Khairy Jamaluddin said on Thursday.
In a ceremony to mark the International Nurses Day 2022 celebrations organized by the Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA) in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, Khairy said their efforts and those of other frontliners have made it possible for the country to move towards an endemic phase.
"Nurses have treated patients, dispensing the vaccine shots with the syringe into the arms of millions of Malaysians and that has enabled us to slowly shift to endemicity," he said in his speech.
"Their contributions must not be forgotten as they had sacrificed their time, energy, safety and lives to be at the frontline while not knowing how dangerous the virus was during the early months of the pandemic," he added.
Meanwhile, in a separate ceremony, Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah launched an exhibition at the National Museum showing the evolution of the uniform of nurses in the country's history.
Noor Hisham said the exhibition would allow the public to see how the profession has developed and to foster greater appreciation for the country's nurses.
"This is seen as a sign of appreciation to the nurses as a front line officer in providing the best health services to society," he said in a brief speech.
May 12 marks International Nurses Day. It is a special day observed every year to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and to celebrate the contributions that nurses make to the society.