Recently, the moods of Singaporeans have been dampened by the sudden announcement of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) when Covid cases spiked in the community.
A group that is most directly impacted by this news would be none-other than our healthcare workers. Not only are they facing a greater workload at work, they have to worry about not catching Covid and passing it to their loved ones at home. The least we could do is to show them some love and support, don’t you think so?
Initiatives from the public for healthcare heroes
One local business, Lana Cakes, came forward to offer their support specifically to the staff of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
The boss, Jason Kwan shared,
“You’re talking about, really the frontline staff at TTSH and NCID who have been dealing with this issue for such a long time. The cluster is really not their fault, they are working in the most high-risk area in relation to treating Covid-19, and we need their help.”
Kwan and his staff personally delivered 30 “Thank You Cakes” to the staff of TTSH.
Even though it may seem like a small gesture, we’re sure that it is something that speaks volumes to the TTSH staff.
Check out their happy faces upon receiving the cakes!😊
Boosting healthcare workers welfare
In addition to these random acts of kindness, union leaders have also been collecting feedback from healthcare workers. These leaders will then discuss the feedback with MOH on improving the welfare of healthcare staff during this period.
NTUC deputy secretary-general Chee Hong Tat, who is also the adviser to the Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU), had an online dialogue with TTSH staff recently.
In his Facebook post, he said
“The next time you see our healthcare workers in your neighbourhood, please thank them for their hard work and give them a word of encouragement. These simple acts of kindness will go a long way in showing that we care for those who are caring for us.”
NTUC, HSEU and Fairprice will be distributing 12,000 care packs with food items such as instant coffee, Milo and crackers to healthcare workers in appreciation of their hard work.
HSEU president, K. Thanaletchimi shared,
“We encourage more to spread kindness; after all, we are in this global crisis together and it is only through helping one another that we can emerge from this stronger.”
Indeed, let’s never forget that a small gesture or a kind word can go a long way in encouraging our fellow Singaporeans and healthcare workers! 😊
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