MP Louis Ng shares video of stint as hospital healthcare worker

Mr Louis Ng chatting with a patient during his stint as a healthcare worker.
Mr Louis Ng chatting with a patient during his stint as a healthcare worker. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO
Mr Ng accompanying a doctor on his daily rounds.
Mr Ng accompanying a doctor on his daily rounds. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
Mr Ng chatting with a patient.
Mr Ng chatting with a patient. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO

SINGAPORE - Changing nappies, sponging patients and accompanying doctors on their hospital rounds were just some of the tasks MP Louis Ng did during his recent stint as a healthcare worker.

Mr Ng, who is MP for Nee Soon GRC, posted a three-minute video - filmed by a volunteer - on Friday (Nov 20) evening to sum up his work experience at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

The hospital stint, where he put in an actual shift in a C-class ward, is the start of a personal initiative which will see him trying out different jobs at least once a month to "gain some first-hand experience".

His day at the hospital began at 6.45am by attending the nurses' roll call, and he is later seen in the clip interacting with patients, learning more about what a nurse's job entails and delivering drinks to the various wards.


Mr Ng delivering drinks to patients; PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO

Reflecting on a "pretty long and exhausting day", Mr Ng paid tribute to the role of the healthcare worker and praised them for their "amazing work that often goes unnoticed".

Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugan, who is the anchor minister for Nee Soon, shared the video on his Facebook page on Saturday morning.

 

The executive director of the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (Acres) had first announced the initiative on Nov 3, when he also asked netizens for ideas and suggestions on other jobs he could take on.

A cleaner, a taxi driver, a police officer and a coffee shop assistant are some of the other jobs he intends to try.

"To really understand and really see what's happening on the ground and to be able to make a difference. I want to gain some first-hand experience." he wrote.

"And so, every month, I will try a different profession and literally put myself in their shoes."