Dear PM Lee , Ministers and MPs,
Do check out this letter, but now allow me to share something that needs the Govt’s attention and I hope that steps will be taken to provide caregivers the support that we so badly needed. This, in fact was promised by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat when I attended the Singapore Conversation where he invited me to share my experience as a caregiver to my wife. I have yet to see caregiver support being given to us when we are prepared to walk the long & arduous journey- despite facing huge setbacks in our lonely & isolated lives.
After my wife’s knee surgery in June this year, an unfortunate incident took place in the Rehab Hospital at The Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital. While transferring my wife from the bed to a shower chair one night at around 12.30pm, the nurse dropped my wife and as a result of which, my wife suffered a relapse of her mental illness- schizophrenia. She was frightened! I had to rush down to the hospital at 1.30am in the morning. It has been a nightmare for me for the past 6 weeks as I grieve all alone. It is only my wife’s psychiatrist at IMH who is helping my wife to stabilize.
Despite the fact that I alerted the Govt. to be mindful of my wife’s fragile mind, this thing happened. Add insult to injury , hardly anyone stepped forward to help . This matter was brought to the attention of many Govt. agencies including the NCSS, SAMH and a few others, Ministers and MPs, but hardly anyone cared. How can you call this a gracious, inclusive and caring society?
My MP, Mr Seng Han Thong has tried his level best to help, appealing to my CDC, SAMH and a few other agencies. So too NMP Lawrence Lien who does empathize with us. Besides the Family Services Centre, the CDC and SAMH have still not given us the support we so badly need. Then what is the purpose of these organizations functioning.
Raymond Anthony Fernando