TL;DR – Zilch. She was at work the day after.
President Halimah had her Swearing-in Ceremony on the 14th of September (Thursday) and not even a single day had passed before President Halimah was back in action – visiting the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) the day after her inauguration and the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) the following Monday.
We tagged along when she visited the National University Hospital (NUH) on Tuesday as she walked the ground and continued to engage with healthcare workers.
As President Halimah arrived to warm greetings from NUH staff, the President herself set a good example by first disinfecting her hands.
She met with 100-year-old Mdm Liew Tim and her son Mr Wong Wing Chong.
She also visited 87-year-old Mdm Endon Bte Daud who was with her son Mr Zainal.
President Halimah watched how activities were conducted with the elderly to keep their minds active. Mahjong tiles were used here in the therapy session for Mdm Liew Tim.
She also got in on the action to help Mdm Liew Tim with her exercises.
She met with NUH staff and union members from the Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU) to discuss issues pertaining to healthcare workers. Beside President Halimah were HSEU President K Thanaletchimi and Senior Minister of State Dr Amy Khor.
K Thanaletchimi, HSEU President, having a quiet moment with President Halimah.
They had worked together when the latter was advisor to HSEU. K Thanaletchimi shared about the developments in Labour-Management Relations and touched on issues such as re-employment of older workers and the Professional Conversion Programme.
President ended her visit with words of encouragement to healthcare workers.
“I’m truly motivated by their sense of dedication and service and that they should keep up with the good work.
I’m happy to know that the NUH employees’ union has been working very closely with the management and that is a model of care (for employees) that we want. Where the union works with the management to support the needs of healthcare workers and they can give their service wholeheartedly without any worries.”
Just as she wrapped up the media interview at NUH that day, she was whisked away to another event/meeting.
Yup, all in a day’s work for our 8th President!