World Nurses’ Day is celebrated worldwide on May 12 of each year. In Ipoh the auspicious occasion was marked with an official visit by Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkifli, wife of the Chief Minister to the Perak Community Specialist Hospital located at Jalan Kampar, Ipoh.
Saripah was greeted upon arrival by Chief Executive Officer, Rajinder Singh, Matron Yap Poh Yoong and a retinue of nurses who formed an informal guard of honour of sorts. Rajinder led the Chief Minister’s wife and her entourage on a visit to the surgical and paediatric wards. Saripah presented hampers to the patients and children in both the wards. She then attended a cake-cutting ceremony in honour of nurses of the hospital.
“The responsibilities of a nurse are heavy,” she said. “Some may consider the profession tedious and unrewarding, especially our youths who are very choosy. But without them where would we be?”
Caroline Teoh, a senior nurse with the hospital, prided herself for having chosen the profession. She has been a nurse for over 30 years. “My happiness is to see my patients recovering and walking out of the hospital,healthy once more,” she exclaimed.