Big salute to dedicated mothers


Healthcare workers with babies lead stressful lives as they have to stay away from homes and families for long hours during the pandemic. —Filepic

MY friend told me an inspiring story of a woman doctor who had just returned to work from her maternity leave.

Her daily routine is attending to Covid-19 patients and her newborn.

Just imagine how stressful that is for a new mother, who would return home feeling paranoid about the disease every day.

She took showers six times a day, each time before pumping milk for her baby.

A picture of her dressed in full personal protective equipment with the caption ‘One for the memory’ has garnered attention in a Facebook page comprising all the breastfeeding mums.

Well, words just can never really express the sacrifices a mother makes.

Then there is the story of receptionist Nur Nadia Amerol, who has to register up to 200 patients a day at a private hospital.

By the way, Nur Nadia is three months pregnant.

Imagine the risk she faces each working day without knowing the background of those who walk in, especially when the deadly virus is still on the loose.

These wonderful ladies are definitely not alone in battling the deadly disease during this trying period.

The healthcare workers not only risk their lives at the front line, but more often than not, have to stay away from their homes and families at this time.

Not forgetting, the deliverymen who send food to our doorstep, the city council workers who diligently clean the streets for us under the hot sun and the list goes on and on.

Many kind souls have also made donation in kind and cash to make sure the less fortunate and vulnerable groups are not forgotten.

The war against Covid-19 is not over just yet. We must not let our guard down, not until we have mass vaccination available.

Putting on your masks when you are outdoor seems to be the new normal, with social distancing being the rule of the day.

Spare a thought for frontliners like the woman doctor, who has a newborn at home, or Nur Nadia, who is pregnant.

Let’s not add to the statistics of Covid-19 patients.

If you do not have any business out there, just stay home.

Guess there won’t be any Mother’s Day celebration with my mum this year, as interstate movement is still not allowed during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Once the MCO is lifted, the first thing I will do is to drive straight to my hometown Ipoh from Penang and give my family, whom I have not seen for months, a warm tight hug.

And then I will get my trusted hairstylist to trim and shape my locks to perfection again!

To all the inspiring mothers out there, thank you for everything you have done for us.

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