Prime Minister Fiame Mataafa Champions Nurses’ Economic Power at Samoa Nurses Association AGM

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Reverend Mose Galuvao, 

Distinguished guests from the health sector,  

Nurses’ Association of Samoa, 

It is with great honour and privilege that I stand before you today at the  opening of the 69th Annual General Meeting for Nurses, under the theme  “Our Nurses Our Future: The Economic Power of Care.” As we gather  here, we recognize the invaluable contributions of our nurses to the health  and well-being of our nation. 

Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system, providing  compassionate care and support to individuals and families in their most  vulnerable moments. They are the frontline warriors, the healers, and the  advocates for health equity and social justice. 

The theme of this year’s AGM highlights the economic power of care,  emphasizing the crucial role that nurses play in driving economic growth  and development. Nurses not only contribute to the health sector but also  to the broader economy through their expertise, innovation, and  dedication to patient care. 

In Samoa, nurses have long been at the forefront of healthcare delivery,  often facing challenges with resilience and determination. From the  challenges of the measles outbreak in 2019 to the ongoing COVID-19 

pandemic, our nurses have shown unwavering commitment and  professionalism in their service to the nation. 

As we look to the future, it is essential to recognize the evolving role of  nurses in healthcare delivery. Nurses are not just caregivers; they are leaders, educators, and change agents. They have the power to transform  our healthcare system and drive positive change in our communities. To our nurses, I say thank you for your dedication, your sacrifice, and  your unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of our nation.  You are the heart and soul of Samoa’s healthcare system, and your work  does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. 

In closing, I urge all of us to continue to support our nurses, to invest in  their training and development, and to recognize the economic value of  their care. Together, we can build a healthier, more prosperous future for  Samoa. 

Thank you.