SINGAPORE – Seizing the day used day by day, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat thanked nurses in Singapore for their service – especially amidst the Covid-19 pandemic – on Saturday (Aug 1), Nurses’ Day.
DPM Heng required to his Facebook page to post a video message he tape-recorded for the virtual Nurses’ Day celebration at Tan Tock Seng Medical Facility (TTSH) and the National Centre for Contagious Illness (NCID).
He composed: “This big day has actually handled included significance this year, as our nurses are playing a crucial role in our battle against the virus.
” Given that we had our very first validated case six months back, our nurses have been working relentlessly on the front line in the battle versus Covid-19 They have helped to make an apparently difficult circumstance possible as we tackle the pandemic.”
Looking ahead, Mr Heng wanted nurses well as Singapore continues to handle the uncertainty of the pandemic.
” As you deal with the obstacles ahead, I hope that you will continue to hold on to that sense of function that first drew you to nursing. I am confident that with your full commitment we can make anything possible,” he said.
DPM Heng, 59, shared how he and his family experienced first-hand the warmth and care of nurses when he was hospitalised at TTSH for six weeks in 2016.
” Your support and support was a huge consider my healing,” he said.
On May 12, 2016, Mr Heng collapsed at a weekly Cabinet meeting after suffering a stroke. Three physicians in Cabinet addressed him before he was taken to TTSH.
The stroke was caused by an aneurysm, which is a localised weakening of a blood vessel.
” Nursing is more than a job.