2 Pinay nurses receive awards in Al-Khobar

By Florante M. Catanus, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at May 28 2014 04:02 PM | Updated as of May 29 2014 07:06 PM

SAUDI ARABIA – Two Filipina nurses received honors from their hospital as part of the celebration of International Nurses Week 2014 in Al-Khobar.

Twenty-eight year old Marizen Cabral, a nurse at the Nursery Department of the Mohammed Dossary Hospital, was hailed as the Nurse of the Year.

Florie Yuzon receives her award for rendering 25-years of faithful service to the Mohammed Dossary Hospital

The Bicol native has been with the hospital for five years now.

"It is really unexpected na ako ang napiling Nurse of the Year. Masaya po at the same time. Lahat naman po kami sa Mohammed Dossary Hospital ay deserving to be the Nurse of the Year," Cabral said.

Cabral dedicated the honor to her family in the Philippines and to her co-workers in the hospital.

"We have a criteria and we have a fair judgment which was done by a committee and I think the one who won it this year is a Filipina, she deserves it. Congratulations to Marizen," said Abdul Fetah Ennayel, the hospital's director general.

Marizen Cabral accepts her award as 'Nurse of the Year' during the hospital's celebration of the International Nurses Week 2014

Meanwhile, OPD Head Nurse Florie Yuzon was also given due recognition for serving the hospital for 25 years.

The 62-year-old Yuzon, a native of Tondo, Manila, is the oldest nurse in the hospital in terms of service. She is retiring and coming home to her loved ones in the Philippines for good.

"Matagal na rin po akong nag-serve at nakatulong sa Mohammed Dossary Hospital. For 25 years I stayed here. Now it’s time for me to go back to my family, to take care of them," Yuzon said.

Mary Jane Tupas, the first Filipina Nursing Director of the hospital was happy and proud of the achievements of Cabral and Yuzon.

She said the duo gave the Philippines honor and served as an inspiration to their Filipino co-workers and to other OFWs in Saudi and around the world.

Every year, the hospital celebrates the International Nurses Week to give honor to their 190-strong nurses of different nationalities, of which 85 or 45% are Filipinos.

"We celebrate the International Nurses Week because we believe the nurses are the backbone and really the main engine in this hospital. They help the doctors, they care about the patients," Ennayel said.