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To coincide with Seychelles National Day celebrations, President Wavel Ramkalawan and First Lady Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan attended a ceremony at the International Conference Center Seychelles (ICCS) last night to pay tribute to all healthcare workers from the country.
In his address, the President congratulated and thanked all the health workers for what they are doing for the community and the nation. With a special mention for those who worked on the front line in the fight against Covid-19, he congratulated them for their bravery, patience and dedication.
“This is the first time that such an event has taken place in honor of our healthcare workers. Today we celebrate and pay tribute to all health workers in Seychelles, as we feel the importance of showing our gratitude for the work you do. Today is also significant as we reflect on all the difficulties the country has faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic; thanks to you, we now have our hospitals without infected cases. It shows your dedication and the love you have for your work. On behalf of the Seychellois people, I would like to express my appreciation and thank all the health workers in all the different departments of the Ministry of Health. You can all count on our continued support,” President Ramkalawan said.
In response to this tribute, the Minister of Health, Ms. Peggy Vidot thanked the President for his words of appreciation and for speaking on behalf of the Seychellois people.
“It is with humility that on behalf of all health workers in Seychelles, we accept this tribute which highlights our vocation, our courage, our knowledge and our ability to serve our country. I know that we have a special place in the heart of every Seychellois. I would like to call on all health workers to work as a team and find ways to improve the wellbeing of our people,” she said.
The ceremony was filled with tributes and appreciation to all the health workers who worked tirelessly, dedicating their lives to providing health care to all. Staff marched in their respective uniforms to show the different departments within the Ministry of Health. Along with students from the National Institute of Health and Social Studies (NIHSS), they performed dances, songs, poems, and instrumental solos. The event also saw the participation of local artists namely Joe Samy, Jean-Marc Volcy, and Mahé Chamber Choir, and the Heartbeat Studio.
President Ramkalawan and other distinguished guests watched a video showing the journey of health workers, dating back to the day Seychelles announced its first positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday March 14, 2020 following tests carried out on two people in the Perseverance quarantine facilities. . In remembrance of health workers who lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony included the symbolic lighting of a candle by a family member. There were also prayers and blessings by Reverend Christine Benoit.
Also present at this auspicious event were the Vice-President, Mr. Ahmed Afif, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Roger Mancienne, Ministers, Leader of Government Affairs in the National Assembly, the Hon. Bernard Georges, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, the Hon. Sébastien Pillay, members of the diplomatic corps, the Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ted Barbe, Vice-President of the National Assembly, the Hon. Gervais Henrie, members of the National Assembly of Seychelles, health workers and other guests.
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