Every year, 7th of April is observed as the World Health Day (WHD). This year, the global health awareness day celebrates the vital role nurses and midwives play to help us live a happier and healthier life.
The tagline for the 2020 World Health Day is: Support nurses and midwives. With the novel coronavirus continuing to spread rapidly, doctors, nurses and healthcare workers are working double time to keep you safe.
Nurses, midwives and healthcare workers are providing care, comfort to COVID-19 patients while all of us are asked to stay at home.
Perhaps, as the global pandemic worsens, it’s more important than ever to support nurses and other healthcare workers who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, which will help strengthen the fight against current health crisis.
How to support nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers around you
Health professionals are concerned over shortages of protective health supplies, including masks, gloves, and body coveralls or personal protective equipment (PPE) amid rising cases of coronavirus infection.
One of the best gestures you can do at this time is to ask your nurse or healthcare provider how you can help support them in times of crisis. There are many ways you can help – from donating food and medical supplies to making a financial donation.
Cook for them a healthy meal
If you live with or are a spouse of a healthcare worker, you can cook a healthy meal for them. This will help ensure that your loved one eats healthy, which is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Also, remind them the importance of staying hydrated.
Say ‘thank you’
Thank him or her for their help, support, care and sacrifices. This humble attitude of thanking a nurse or a healthcare worker for their priceless service can go a long way towards making them feel appreciated and valued.
A simple gesture of sending a thank you meme or a cute video can boost their mood and may even give them the strength to face another shift.
Help them with childcare
A pandemic can create huge childcare issues especially for healthcare workers with many schools and centres shutting down in an attempt to curb the spread of disease. Furthermore, many nurses are responsible for both caring for their young kids and ageing parents, leaving them feeling torn between the two responsibilities.
So, offering to take care of their children or older parents will take a huge weight off of their shoulders. This will also help them to focus on caring for those who need them the most.
This World Health Day, don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ to doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers who are the heart of healthcare.