To mark World Patient Safety Day, Saint-Laurent Borough Hall was lit up in orange last evening, Thursday, September 17, 2020, to show respect and recognition for all health care workers.
The objective was also to raise awareness of the importance of health care workers’ safety and its importance for patient safety, particularly in preparing for a second wave of the pandemic.
Since 2019, the World Health Organization—of which Canada is a member—has established September 17 as World Patient Safety Day.
The COVID -19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges and one of the greatest threats facing humanity. Québec—and more specifically the city of Montréal—have been the epicentre of the pandemic in Canada. The most vulnerable patients who died from COVID-19 were either mostly those who were hospitalized or residing in long-term care facilities.
At its meeting on August 4, 2020, Saint-Laurent Council therefore proclaimed September 17, 2020 as World Patient Safety Day.
For this occasion, Saint-Laurent Borough Hall and was lit up in orange.
The colour orange, pantone 166, is the colour of Saint-Laurent’s tree of life, the municipality’s official emblem since 1976.
As early as July 10, Saint-Laurent had already highlighted the outstanding contribution of essential services by projecting the video “Together, the Messengers of Hope” on the walls of the territory’s emblematic sites.
“The current increases in COVID-19 cases in Montréal and throughout Québec show that now is not the time to let our guard down. It also reminds us of the worst of last spring’s crisis. This pandemic is placing an unprecedented burden on worldwide health care systems that can’t function without health care workers. We absolutely wanted to associate Saint-Laurent with this World Patient Safety Day to appropriately recognize the dedication and efforts of health care workers and medical staff in the present fight against COVID-19. We can never thank our guardian angels enough.”