An elderly woman, who appeared exhausted as she hobbled due to injured legs, caught the attention of a health worker during a Covid-19 screening exercise near Pudu Market in Cheras last Tuesday.
The concerned health inspector approached the woman and proceeded to give her a piggyback ride.
A photo of the incident was captured, and quickly made waves on social media.
The health worker, Shahrir Razali, received praises from the public, including Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Shahrir, who is attached with the Cheras Health Department, said he did not expect praise for his spontaneous act, but the appreciation shown to him, especially by Dr Noor Hisham, drove him to continue serving.
“I was there with other colleagues to provide Covid-19 testing to the public, then I saw an old woman looking exhausted. It was also noon and the sun was scorching.
“I then approached her and offered my help to take her to the testing area,” he said.
Shahrir said he acted out of the concern and was determined to serve as a front-liner to help break the chain of the pandemic.
“I feel grateful and touched that my small act was appreciated, especially by the Health director-general.”
Shahrir added that he and his safety team also received praise from their employers.
“Our employers are proud and amazed at our efforts to handle the Covid-19 outbreak,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham, in a Facebook post, had said Shahrir Razak had “internalised” the Health Ministry tagline “We are ready to serve”.
“Treating human life delicately without racial or religious boundaries. Fasting in Ramadan and serving the people in need while on full PPE (personal protective equipment), indeed you guys are our heroes.” – NST