500 from Unimas sign up as volunteers

Dr Sim (centre) speaking to Mohamad Kadim (left).

KUCHING: Over 500 people, including Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) students and staff, signed up to be volunteers in order to speed up the vaccination process at Unimas.

This was said by Unimas Training Hospital and Medical Centre director Dr Ehfa Bujang Safawi who is also the director of the Unimas vaccination centre (PPV).

Dr Ehfa said that her team has sent volunteers to Stadium Perpaduan Kuching PPV and Dewan Suarah Kota Samarahan PPV to undergo training.

The vaccination process will be conducted from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm at Dewan Delima, DeTar Putra Unimas, said Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Leadership and Development) of Unimas Prof Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman.

“We intend to reach at least 3,000 vaccinations every day in order to assist in the rollout of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (NCIP),” Mohd Fadzil said.

He also discussed the university’s plan in conducting mobile vaccination and drive-thru vaccination.

“We are currently more focused on the preparation of systems, logistics layout, and manpower for Unimas PPV,” he said, adding that the plan was still under discussion.

The counters at Unimas PPV.

Unimas became the first university in the state to be selected as one of the PPVs starting June 14.

Unimas PPV comprises three main sections, including 20 registration counters, 12 vaccination counters, and 10 monitoring counters, all of which are equipped with wheelchair facilities and special routes for the elderly and disabled.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian expressed his admiration and pride for the management system established by the university during his visit to Unimas PPV recently.

Also present during the visit were the deputy chairman of the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Datul Ik Pahon, Unimas Vice-Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, and members of the Unimas Covid-19 Committee.