Bouquets: Foreign nurses deserve praise

Foreign nurses deserve praise

Whenever I am admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (this is the sixth time this year), I spend my time observing the nurses and staff in the ward - how they work as a team; how they perform their routine tasks.

My last stay lasted 12 days and I had the opportunity to observe how nurses of different nationalities, namely those from China, Malaysia, Myanmar, India and the Philippines, worked together towards a common goal - that of attending to Singaporean patients.

It was fascinating to see how they all worked as a team to provide senior Singaporeans with excellent nursing service.

I talked to them - one was a Filipina who soldiered on despite being disappointed by the rejection of permanent resident status.

One of the nurses told me about her son's impending enlistment into the army.

There were many others - the nurse from India was in an advanced stage of pregnancy but still very bubbly and connected with the patients.

Those nurses enjoyed working here and I could tell that there was no country they would rather be than Singapore.

I salute and thank them and all other nursing staff from abroad.

Neo Poh Goon

Spoilt item replaced without any fuss

I recently bought an edible item from the NTUC FairPrice supermarket in White Sands Shopping Centre in Pasir Ris. It was late in the evening.

Back at home, when I opened the packet, I saw that a portion of it had gone bad.

When I went back to FairPrice the next day, the employees listened patiently to my complaint, verified my purchase and offered to replace the entire packet. Needless to say, I was pleased with their attitude and service. They deserve to be acknowledged.

K.C. Vijayakumar

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2017, with the headline 'Bouquets'. Print Edition | Subscribe