The role of nurses is critical to achieving the country’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The call was made by Dr Augustin Sendegeya, the Director of Butare University Teaching Hospital (CHUB), while speaking at the International Nurses’ Day celebrations in Gisagara District last Friday.

Dr Sendegeya, who spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Health, appreciated the contribution of nurses toward Rwanda’s community health but said more efforts are needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially focusing on the health sector. 

He said, “Nursing is more than a profession, it is a passion. We are required to multiply the efforts we use in our profession to reach our targets which correspond to those of Sustainable Development Goals. The lives of Rwandans are in our hands, so we have to protect their lives at all costs, thanks to the skills and experience we have.” 

He urged nurses on up skilling, saying their profession needs updated practical skills to successfully cope with health demands.

Themed, ‘Nurse: a voice to lead, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’, the International Nurses’ Day which is annually celebrated on May 12, featured discussions on achievements, daily challenges as well as what is needed to contribute to the country’s SDGs.