Neighbours shout "virus" and profanities at SKH nurse's family, allegedly spray Dettol on child: Police report lodged

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Update on May 21:

Couple who allegedly harassed SKH nurse's family charged in court

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The police are investigating a case regarding a Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) nurse who has been enduring harassment from his next-door neighbours, including mocking and being sprayed with disinfectant.

The male nurse, who goes by @jibby4g on Instagram, had posted a series of videos and an account of what he and his family has been experiencing ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Singapore.

His wife is also an essential worker.

Although he has since made his Instagram account private, his post has been reuploaded on several Facebook pages.

In his original post, he said that he has enjoyed a good relationship with his neighbours for the past six years but "suddenly, after this pandemic [happened], they knew that we are frontliners (sic) and this is the treatment we receive".

In one of the clips, one of his neighbours is heard repeatedly shouting "virus" at him as he returns home from work.

A nurse shares the ordeal that his family has been undergoing for the past few days on his Instagram account where his neighbour had mocked, hurled vulgarities, spraying disinfecting solution and cursing at his family every time they come back to their home. The Instagram user "jibby4g" whose wife is also an essential service worker, posted short videos of the encounters between them and the next door neighbour. In posting the video, the male nurse wrote, "This is how it looks like coming home now. Doubt it will stop as long as we are neighbours and as long as i am working as a nurse." He shared that they had been good neighbours for the past 5 years and said, “suddenly after this pandemic happen, they knew that we are frontlineers and this is the treatment we receive.” Even the parents who fetch their kids were also allegedly verbally abused and sprayed. According to the male nurse, the family made a report at the police station after some of the sprayed disinfection solution got onto the daughter's face. Fortunately, the solution did not get into the eyes. The family was advised to lodge a magistrate report separately as the Police cannot take any action without a court order. "After the report, my family is still thinking if we should pursue the case cos we will still be neighbours. I am still working as a nurse. Will things change for the better." wrote the male nurse. He thanked all those who have written kind words on his instagram post and asked that people help bring awareness to the discrimation faced by frontline officers, "Thank you to all for the support, prayers and concerns towards me and my family. Please continue to do so and bring awareness so that no one will live in fear and no frontliners nor essential service staff have to go through this."

Posted by Huiling Tan on Saturday, May 16, 2020

In another clip, his neighbour is seen spraying what appears to be disinfectant at the doorway.

In one instance, the nurse's daughter is seen covering her face when returning home in apparent fear of being sprayed.

He wrote in one of his captions: "What [happened] to 'clap for frontliners' and the song Home?? This is the [reality] frontliners [are] facing now."

According to him, his neighbours have also shouted profanities at him and his family. Even his parents were not spared from being shouted and sprayed at whenever they come over to fetch his kids.

The family had the last straw when his neighbour allegedly sprayed Dettol disinfectant at his daughter's face.

He wrote that it was fortunate the solution had not gotten into her eyes.

He added that he made a harassment report and was advised to make a magistrate report separately.

He said: "After the report, my family is still thinking if we should pursue the case cos (sic) we will still be neighbours, I am still working as a nurse, will things change for the better?"

In response to a Stomp query, the police confirmed a report was lodged and investigations are ongoing.

SKH posted a statement on Monday afternoon (May 18) that they were aware of the video circulating online posted by one of its nurses.

We are aware of a video circulating online posted by one of our nurses on the behaviour of his neighbour. Our staff has...

Posted by Sengkang General Hospital on Sunday, May 17, 2020

"SKH takes a serious view of this incident," it said.

"Our medical personnel work hard to provide the care our patients need, especially during this time when the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"They deserve consideration, respect, and a safe environment both at work and at home so that they can continue giving their best.

"We are currently providing our staff with support during this challenging time.

"We ask for members of the public to respect our medical personnel.

"Let us come together during this unprecedented time.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that cases of physical or verbal abuse of our healthcare staff will be reported to the police for follow-up."