Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare sector. During the COVID-19 pandemic nurses all over the world played a critical role in patient recoveries. To honour the commitments, efforts and contribution of these frontline nursing warriors, the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Ayush organised International Nurses Awareness Week from 4th-12th May, 2022.
As part of the celebrations, the Institute organised a series of activities in the run up to International Nurses Day which is observed on 12th May every year. Dr (Prof.) Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA, inaugurated the event. Dr. Rajagopala S., Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh Kr Vyas, Dr Shiv Kumar Harti, Dr Namrata Raj, Dr. S.K Bhatted, and other dignitaries graced the event and motivated the nursing department.
The activities of the week started with a street play, wherein nurses were educated on substance abuse, its impact on people and society, and were informed about steps that should be taken to control it. Various patient awareness programmes on different topics like mental health and its remedies, importance of Ayurvedic diet in daily routine, management of diarrhoea, stress management, and others were organised by esteemed guests and nurses from AIIA.
The nursing department of AIIA also staged three role plays on ‘Save the Girl Child’. The first play highlighted the issue of female foeticide in the Indian society and the declining sex ratio in India, the second one touched upon the issue of social discrimination against girls, while the third demonstrated the importance of girls’ education.
An interesting session on ‘Sitting Yoga’ was also conducted for patients at AIIA, wherein they were educated on Yoga asanas that can be done while sitting on a chair in offices or homes or even at a work-from-home setting.
Furthermore, the Nursing department organised several team building activities for its staff members to encourage team spirit among nurses.
On the occasion, Dr. (Prof.) Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA, said, “We, as part of the medical fraternity, believe that nurses play a pivotal role in the healthcare sector. I want to congratulate the Nurses’ Department of All India Institute of Ayurveda for successfully organising the Nurses Awareness Week. Each member of the team has done a tremendous job. It was a week where we all came together to celebrate nurses and to applaud them for their relentless support to patients and the entire healthcare ecosystem.”
The celebration ended with a valedictory session that included a cultural event and a vote of thanks by Megha Gupta, Assistant Nursing Superintendent at AIIA. Dignitaries present at the event included Dr. Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA; Dr. T. Dilip Kumar, President, Indian Nursing Council; Dr. Rathi Balachandran, ADG (Nursing), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and Dr Shashi Ranjan Kumar Vidhyarthi, Director, Ministry of Ayush.
About All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)
AIIA, the apex institute of Ayurveda in India is an Autonomous Institute under the Ministry of AYUSH which aims at bringing a synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern tools and technology. The Institute has 25 speciality departments, 12 clinics with 8 inter-disciplinary research laboratories and an international collaborative centre for global promotion and research in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is the oldest system of medicine and health science dating back to more than 3,000 years. The cardinal aim of Ayurveda is to restore the induvial balance between body, mind and spirit. There is a great demand for the science of life not only in India but in other parts of the world.