PANAJI: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao has said that nursing service has to be understood as a vocation, and providing love and care as the sole mission.
Archbishop was speaking as chief guest at Home Nurses Diploma Day, organised by Caritas Goa at the Caritas Goa Holiday Home, St Inez.
The traditional lamp was lit by the chief guest Archbishop, guest of honour Fr John Diniz, parish priest of Chisda, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, besides other dignitaries.
Fr Savio Fernandes, assistant to the Director of Caritas Goa extended welcome to the gathering.
In all, 23 nurses, who have successfully completed their course, were awarded the diploma certificates. Ujwala Karpade was awarded the ‘Nightingale of the year 2018’. Rekha Kujur was awarded for significant services rendered towards the patients.
The cultural programme on the day began with a devotional dance. ‘Dorekghoddi’, an educative Konkani skit written by Sr Ana D’Mello, and ‘Fulachi Kaddi’, a Marathi folk dance was performed by the home nursing students. The nursing coordinator, Sr Ana D’Mello presented the report of the academic year.
Roselle Coutinho and Oscar Gonsalves, who are family members of patients, appreciated and praised the Caritas Home Nursing Services for their wonderful work.
Coutinho stated that not just the patient but also the family members are beneficiaries of the nursing services. Gonsalves expressed joy that his father’s health had improved tremendously only because of the care and love shown by the nurses. Ankita Nadge shared about her valuable and life-enriching experience as a home nurse.
Fr Maverick Fernandes, director of Caritas Goa, in his address, highlighted that given the right opportunities women not only uplift themselves, but also those whom they serve. Caritas Goa is committed to creating opportunities towards transforming the society, he emphasised.
Fr John Diniz, while appreciating the home nursing training of the organisation, encouraged the young women to work hard and serve with dedication.
Satira Soares, principal proposed the vote of thanks. Besides the well-wishers and benefactors, former home nurses, parents of the nurses, as well as family members of those receiving home care were present.