A customary practice since he took office, President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. would deliver an address to Palau’s nurses during the Nurse’s Week to commend and acknowledge their essential contributions to the health of Palau and yesterday was no exception.

Addressing about 30 nurses at the hospital chapel, President Remengesau Jr. expressed his appreciation for the nurses in his typical fashion of personal humorous anecdotes, generating laughter from the nurses.  He said that this would probably his last official remark to them in this capacity as President.

He said that often times people complain about the nurses and the services until they get sick and then they would come to appreciate the nurses and services they provide.

In addition, he acknowledged their frontline role during this pandemic and the risk they place themselves in as nurses and expressed the appreciation of a grateful nation to the nurses for their services and sacrifice.

President Remengesau donated $6,000 to the Palau Nurses Association to help them with their support programs for nurses.

“Since he took office, he had always joined the nurses on this day missing only once due to being oversea.  The First Lady Debbie came on his behalf,” said Nurse Antonnette Odeurengul Merur.  The nurses will be retaking their Pledges today, the Nightingale Pledge, a commitment of their special calling.