Straits Times readers pay tribute to healthcare professionals on Covid-19 front lines, Community News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – A reader posted a poem to The Straits Times Instagram account to show appreciation for Singapore’s medical staff while others said it with a drawing or a song.

The submissions were responses a call to send tributes to doctors, nurses, food delivery workers and others struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic on the front lines.

Since the #stcovidheroes campaign was launched on Instagram last Saturday (October 8), readers have submitted 45 unique entries.

Some of the tributes came from famous names such as national swimmer Quah Ting Wen, 29, who wrote a tribute to his father, a doctor.

She said: “When the pandemic hit last year, it was difficult to see him go to work, knowing that every day he went to the clinic was a different opportunity for him to be exposed to the virus.”

There were also times when Quah got angry at him for risking the virus, but in the end she was proud of him for his service, she said.

She said: “This post is dedicated to my dad, as well as so many other brave frontline workers, to tell them how proud I am of them for working tirelessly together to help our country stay as healthy as possible during our pandemic.”

Housewife Linda Juwono, 45, put up a work of art adorned with flowers and dedicated to nursing staff.

In her tribute, she said: “I know that words alone are not enough to express our appreciation to those who have worked hard and risked their lives in various ways during this pandemic.

“Still, here is my thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has had a great time in Singapore.”

Juwono added that she hopes that healthcare professionals will be rewarded fairly for their hard work and that people will treat healthcare professionals with kindness if they need their services.

Another reader submitted a poem to the #stcovidheroes campaign, with an appeal to remember that healthcare professionals are also human.

In a poem entitled Don’t Call Us Heroes, Teo Ying Xin urged people to think of healthcare professionals not only as heroes but also as people with their own needs and who also had loved ones.

She wrote: “Do not call us heroes because we need sleep, we need rest, we also need fresh air.”

Visit to see more tributes submitted to the #stcovidheroes campaignälte.

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