New Delhi: Indian-origin Kala Narayanasamy was among five nurses awarded the President’s Award by the Ministry of Health in Singapore for serving on the frontline during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Each recipient of the award was given a trophy, SGD 10,000 and a certificate signed by Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob.

Narayanasamy was awarded for her efforts of using infection control practices at Woodlands Health Campus where she is currently serving as the Deputy Director of Nursing. Her skills of infection control practices came from her learning during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak.

Using her experience of serving patients during the 2003 SARS outbreak, Narayanasamy introduced workflows and standard operating procedures to take care of COVID-19 patients and keep the staff safe at the same time.

“All that we learned from SARS, we can put into place now,’ a local media quoted Narayanasamy who pointed the short time period to put such procedures in place.

She has been actively involved in the modernisation of nursing in Singapore and had also implemented self-checkout inventory management vending machine to track the usage of items in a hospital.

She was also involved in streamlining wound assessment process that helps hospitals in measuring accurate wounds and image captures.

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