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S’pore MOH’s 2013 Facebook post viral again in 2020: ‘Nursing is not a job that just anybody can do’

Still and will always be relevant.

Fasiha Nazren | February 12, 06:11 pm

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A Facebook post by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore has recently gone viral again, seven years after it was first posted.

Viral again after 7 years

The post was written by then Director of Medical Services for MOH, Satkunanantham s/o Kandiah, on Feb. 9 2013.

As a doctor and surgeon, Satkunanantham expressed his gratitude to nurses in Singapore.

He added that nursing is “not a job that just anybody can do — it is a profession”.

Here’s the post:

According to The Straits Times, the post was published after then deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean apologised in Parliament for a footnote in the Population White Paper that referred to nursing, retail and personal services as low-skilled jobs.

Teo then asked for the footnote to be deleted.

Relatable to frontline workers

The post has since gained more than 17,000 likes, 1,1000 comments and 6,900 shares.

Although it has been seven years, a lot of frontline workers may have resonated well with the post as of late.

Especially after some nurses have allegedly faced discrimination in public as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Here are some comments people have left on the post:

Top image from MOH’s Facebook page and here.

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