Fighting COVID-19 looks like this: Janet’s story
“In 2020, I was deployed to support migrant workers diagnosed with COVID-19. As a
providing psychosocial support, I met patients who expressed fear about their conditions and longing for their families during that difficult time. It was especially challenging due to the language barrier. Hence, we had to think of creative forms of intervention, such as painting to connect with them. That one year had enhanced our understanding and ways of working with patients.
During the recent outbreak, patients had to undergo multiple swabs, which can be uncomfortable and scary. Once, we managed to convince a patient who refused to go for swab tests by sharing our personal experiences and addressing her concerns. She eventually agreed to go through the tests, and was pleasantly surprised that the process was not as scary as she thought. We also liaised with her family and helped them to deliver their Mother’s Day greetings to her!
I am thankful that most people are supportive of the
workers. It is evident from the appreciative messages and encouragement on social media and goodwill gestures (food, drinks and cards) received from the community.
To my fellow healthcare colleagues part of this battle, you are all inspiring individuals. Do slow down, breathe and remember to take good care of yourself!”
– Janet Lim, Senior Medical Social Worker,