1,760 doses flown to rural clinics, more to follow

Lee (centre) being briefed by Dr Noor Izni (left) as Abdul Aziz looks on

KUCHING: 1,760 doses of vaccine were flown to rural clinics in Miri on Friday (June 11) while the rest would follow suit in accordance with the schedule set by the Miri Divisional Health Office and the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba).

Sarawak Transport Minister, and minister in charge of Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), Datuk Lee Kim Shin, said delivery would be done in stages and continuous.

The first delivery went to Bario Health Clinic, Mulu Health Clinic, Long San Health Clinic and Long Bedian Health Clinic.

“Each rural clinic receiving the vaccine are fully equipped with a medical officer, as well as reliable energy supply and a refrigerator for storage,” he said during the inspection of the preparations for the delivery flight on Friday.

Lee also called upon assemblyman and district officer of the respective areas to assist in contacting the villagers about the vaccination schedule, which will take place on Saturday (June 12).

“Residents yet to register are encouraged to do so at the vaccination location, as registration in rural areas can be done manually and does not rely entirely on the MySejahtera app.

“I hope all parties will give full cooperation to ensure the vaccination effort runs smoothly.”

On the same day, two medical personnel from the Miri Divisional Health Office were flown in using Bomba’s AW139 (9M BOD) aircraft.

Lee expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Bomba and Hornbill Skyways for their help to fly the vaccine by helicopters to 23 health clinics in the rural areas.

Also present were Miri DDMC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf, Miri Divisional health officer Dr. P. Raviwharmman Packierisamy, Miri Divisional Health Office Family Health Development Program Sector head Dr Noor Izni Mohamed Shapie, Capt Faridullahamin Mohd Noh and Bomba senior superintendent Robert James.