As the world marked International Nurses’ Day today which is commemorated each year in the memory of Florence  Nightingale, this year it gained twin significance as  May 12, 2020  marks the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth and also because of the work nurses are engaged in as front-line workers in the  global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A nurse garlands a statue of Florence Nightingale whose 200th birth anniversary falls today 

In Sri Lanka,  the day was commemorated at all hospital  including the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) .

The   nurses took part in several commemorative events and planted  trees to mark the day.

At the IDH, a tree planting program was held to mark International Nurses' Day 

The Daily Post brings you some of photos from today’s International Nurses’ Day commemorations.

Selfie time during a break from work 
Nurses took time off their busy schedules to mark International Nurses Day 
Tree planting at the IDH, Sri Lanka's main hospital treating COVID-19 patients