Minister Rudolf Hundstorfer, Austrian Federal Minister for Labor, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection honored Filipino nurses and caregivers during the 10th year anniversary celebration of the Philippine Nurses Association in Austria.
The celebration was held this weekend at the Marriott Vienna Hotel. Philippine Ambassador to Austria Lourdes Yparraguirre likewise joined the affair.
In his remarks, Federal Minister Hundstorfer extended his gratitude to the Filipino nurses in Austria for their very important contribution to the healthcare system of Austria. The minister further mentioned that Filipino nurses are part of the city government’s success of being recognized as the best city in the world. The health system is one of the criteria in the 2011 Quality of Living survey set by global consulting firm Mercer in choosing the city of Vienna as the best place to live in the world for three consecutive years..
In her inspirational message, Ambassador Lourdes O. Yparraguirre mentioned that in almost every corner of the country, there is nothing but praise for Filipino nurses.
“Many Austrians who have never heard of the Philippines learn about us through the most positive examples of the Filipino nurses. You are truly some of the best ambassadors of the Filipino people. By being outstanding citizens, by your hard work and excellence in your respective professions, by your talents, your warm friendship and your smiles, you can promote the Philippines,” the ambassador said.
Last year, the city government of Vienna awarded a Certificate of Recognition to Filipino nurses and caregivers for their long years of dedicated services to the health sector of Austria.
Mag. Sonja Wehsely, head of the Vienna Health Sector once commented that the Filipino nurses possess professional training that is why they are very much loved by the Viennese people.