Leader Lauds Iranian Nurses’ Efforts in Combating COVID-19
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei hailed the role played by the Iranian nurses in combatting and curbing the deadly coronavirus disease.
The Leader made the remarks on the occasion Nurse Day in Iran which is held on the occasion of the the birth anniversary of Hazrat Zaynab (PBUH), the daughter of the first Shiite Imam, Imam Ali (PBUH).
Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the birth anniversary of Hazrat Zaynab (PBUH),
The Suprme Leader, meantime, congratulated the nurses on Nurse Day while extending his condolences to the families of the nurses who lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
“I congratulate all nurses on the National Day of Nurses — which is named so after Lady Zeinab (PBUH) — and I feel it my duty to express my condolences to the dear and respected families of nurses who lost their loved ones to the COVID-19,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Referring to the great work that nurses are doing in containing the spread of deadly diseases at the present juncture, Ayatollah Khamenei said that their heroic work made people realize the importance and high value of their jobs.
“Nurses are the angels of mercy for the patients. This is a true metaphor and not an exaggeration at all. Nurses take care of both the body and soul of the patient. Nurses are in fact sympathize with, caress, and comfort the patient,” he added.
The Supreme Leader said that nurses are medics’ partners and colleagues, adding, “If a patient who requires a nurse receives medical care from the best physicians but no nurse is present to support him/her, the patient’s recovery will be very difficult.”
“During the COVID-19 epidemic, our nurses have sacrificed in a way that has astounded everyone! During the epidemic, people realized how significant a nurse’s job is and what lofty values it has,” he further said.
Zaynab Bint Ali (PBUH), daughter of Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH) and Fatimah al-Zahra (PBUH), was the first granddaughter of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
She is best known for her courageous and eloquent role supporting her brother, the second Shiite Imam Hossein (PBUH), before his martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala, and for protecting his family in the following months of Umayyad imprisonment.
In Iran, Hazrat Zaynab’s birthday is commemorated as Nurse Day due to her efforts and sacrifices to take care of children such as Imam Hossein’s son Ali Zayn al-Abidin and those wounded in the Battle of Karbala.
In a relevant development earlier this week, Deputy Health Minister for Nursing Maryam Hazrati said that 80,856 nurses, equal to 65 percent of the nurses in the public section, are in the front-line of looking after coronavirus patients.
She said that the nurses who had a record of physical problems, had children, or had weak immune systems were included in the program to fight coronavirus.
Hazrati added that according to research, tiredness and sadness is clearly seen in the nurse community and that’s because close contacts with coronavirus patients, and not due to being away from their families for a long time, hardships of the job, or fear of the virus.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei delivers a speech on the occasion of the National Nurses Day, December 20, 2020. (Photo by Leader.ir)
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed his gratitude towards the country’s nursing staff for their enormous sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Leader made the remarks in a live televised address on Sunday on the occasion of the National Nurses Day that falls on the birth anniversary of Zeynab (AS), granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Ayatollah Khamenei felicitated nurses on the occasion, while also condoling with the nursing community, which has lost many of its frontline personnel in the fight against COVID-19.
“Today, nurses are dearer and more honorable in the eyes of the nation than ever before,” the Leader noted.
“Nurses are the angels of mercy for patients. This is a true definition, not an exaggeration by any means,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader said that as part of their profession, nurses tend to both the patient’s body and soul, which is a remarkable role.
Ayatollah Khamenei considered such endeavor towards the alleviation of a human being’s pain as “one of the most beautiful spectacles in life.”
The nurses have been consistently present at hospitals and medical centers during the year-long outbreak, putting their own lives at risk, the Leader remarked. “To be fair, our nursing community performed an enormous task during this period.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 outbreak, people would not attach as much importance to the nursing profession as they do now. “However, this is not enough,” the Leader said, advising the authorities to revisit the significance they ascribe to the venerable profession.
The virus that swept the country soon after its emergence in central China, has so far infected more than 1.1 million Iranians, including over 53,000 who have lost their lives.
The sheer extent of the outbreak has overstretched Iran’s medical staff.
The already uphill battle has been compounded by sweeping sanctions imposed by the United States, which prevent the entry of much-needed medicine and other medical supplies into the country, including the much-needed coronavirus vaccines.
However, Iran has successfully mobilized all of its resources — with assistance from the military sector – and has managed to reign in the viral outbreak to a reasonable extent.
The national anti-virus drive has seen the enforcement of large-scale health protocols and restrictions throughout the country.