In Singapore, efforts to track down and treat possible coronavirus patients began early, with Tamil healthcare workers extensively involved in the battle to prevent the outbreak from spreading.
From nurses and doctors to our paramedics and porters, every single contribution is invaluable. And alongside thousands of other workers, the Tamil community has been actively involved in efforts to fight the pandemic.
Throughout this month we will update the page to bring you testimonies from those on the frontline.
Nirmal Bhai, Pharmacy Technician, Singapore
"I want you to make a list of all the people you know who Are >60, immunocompromised, or a healthcare worker. Think about looking them in the eye and saying, I do not care about your health and do not care if you are hospitalized or die from this disease. How does that feel? If someone said, stay at home for two weeks, and your loved ones will not get sick, would you do that to make sure they stayed well?
Social distancing is all we have right now. I hope a month from now we are all looking back and saying this was an over reaction because then we know it worked.
This is a pandemic. First in our lifetime. These weeks will NOT be easy and they will NOT be normal. Please follow instructions. Please listen to your doctors, employers, and government. No one in their right mind would shut down things like this unless it was ABSOLUTELY necessary."