By Yelena Prus
The International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva has chosen 39 nurses from all over the world for the prestigious medal. “Awarding a nurse from Belarus with the Florence Nightingale Medal is a great honour for our country,” asserts Victor Kolbanov, Secretary General of the Belarusian Red Cross Society. “Six legendary nurses from Belarus — who took part in the Great Patriotic War — have been given the medal for their wartime deeds: Hero of the Soviet Union Zinaida Tusnolobova-Marchenko, Sofia Golukhova, Yevgeniya Shevchenko, Yekaterina Sirenko, Sofia Kuntsevich and Maria Garachuk. In peace time, the award is a true sign of international recognition of the merits of nurses.”
Lyudmila Lelikova has worked for almost 35 years as a nurse, being truly professional, as well as generous and sympathetic.
The Florence Nightingale Medal is the highest and most prestigious international award for nurses. This is the second time in recent years that nurses of the Belarusian Red Cross Society have been honoured with international recognition. In 2009, Nina Bliznyuk was awarded with the Florence Nightingale Medal.