Al Khaduri said: "Currently there are 20267 nurses, of which 14,433 practice in healthcare institutions under the Ministry of Health".
Director of Nursing and Quality at the CCG, Rosi Shepherd, said: "It's important that we take opportunities like International Day Of The Nurse to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to our communities and recognise the essential role our highly-skilled nurses play in all health and care settings, especially during this particularly challenging time".
Nursing leaders are calling upon the public to "shine a light" to mark International Nurses Day.
Health leaders continue to use the concept of evidence-based healthcare, a theory Nightingale pioneered and advocated for and which is now being used by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to track and trace Covid-19 patients.
"I want to thank each and every one of our incredible nurses who are on the frontline in the battle against the greatest health emergency in NHS history. It would mean a great deal if people once again showed their gratitude by shining a light for nurses this Tuesday".
"Across India our nurses are working tirelessly, around the clock, to help save lives".
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Florence Nightingale was the first person to turn the nursing profession into an organised sector with standardised roles and responsibilities.
Philander also paid tribute to a nurse who lost her life over the weekend due to COVID-19.
Historians have praised Florence Nightingale on the 200th anniversary of her birth, and said her legacy has "never been more relevant" amid the coronavirus pandemic. She added that retired nurses had returned to service during the crisis and thanked them for their sacrifices.
The theme of this year is more appropriate because of the effort and dedication put forward by nurses and health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic is impeccable.
Nightingale became famous after she and a small team of nurses travelled to modern-day Istanbul in 1854 to treat British soldiers wounded in the Crimean War, in which British, French and Ottoman forces fought the Russian Empire.