Rome, May 11 – Around 12,000 nurses have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Italy and 39 have died.
Always on the front line, the profession has paid a high price during the COVID emergency in Italy and in other parts of the world.
Their role is celebrated all over the world, and online, on International Nurses Day on May 12, the 200th anniversary of the birth in Florence of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Nurses are “the backbone of every health system and today many of them are on the front line in the battle against
COVID-19,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General.
The profession has been the hardest hit during the emergency with around 12,000 contagions, according to data from FNOPI (the national federation of nursing professions), including 60% in Lombardy, 10% in Emilia-Romagna, and 8% in Veneto.
Their role will be fundamentally important also in Phase Two, which is set to be more focused on regional management of Sars-Cov-2 cases via the USCA special units of care continuity.
The number of nurses worldwide increased by 4.7 million between 2013 and 2018, according to the WHO.
But that still leaves a global shortfall of 5.9 million.
In Italy, nurses are in short supply, above all, in regions of the south, according to FNOPI.
A Voice to Lead.
The International Nurses Council has chosen the theme ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead Health for All’ for 2020, the
International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Despite the lockdown, many initiatives are set to take place all over the world on May 12 via the Web, with virtual
photography shows, conventions and, at 20:30, the illumination of Rome’s Spallanzani Institute for Infective Diseases, a symbol of the fight against COVID, laid on by the British embassy to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale in 1820.
Musician Paolo Fresu has dedicated a new piece to her, “Perfetta” (Perfect), which will be presented during a live
Internet broadcast on FNOPI’s website and social channels.
This will also see the launch of the #NoiConGliInfermieri (#WeAreWithTheNurses) fund-raising campaign.