Call for stricter guidelines at vaccination centres

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KUCHING: The Ministry of Health (MoH) should impose strict guidelines on assignment of doctors and nurses at the vaccination centres (PPVs), said Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said the issue has become a matter of concern because of a recent incident where an individual had impersonated a doctor at a vaccination centre in Kuching.

“Those who administer injection to the vaccine recipients must have a licence. In fact, not all doctors or nurses have the licence for it,” he said during a distribution of food and personal care items to the needy through a food pantry programme at The Spring Shopping Mall today.

Dr Sim added that he had requested for the State Health Department (JKNS) to investigate on the allegations.

It was recently reported that Shah Hairi, a 20-year-old had impersonated as a doctor, for which he pleaded guilty at the Magistrate Court here. 

Shah Hairi pleaded guilty to falsifying Sarawak General Hospital’s (SGH) staff pass and had reportedly been to SGH approximately 32 times between June 15 and July 1, impersonating a doctor.

He was arrested at the Stadium Perpaduan Negeri Sarawak on July 1 after a medical officer reported him to the SGH management and the police.

On the food pantry programme conducted by The Spring Shopping Mall, Dr Sim expressed his gratitude to the community for coming forward to help those in need during this difficult time.

“The people’s effort through non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including shopping malls to help one another truly shows the true Sarawak spirit which is very impressive. This Covid-19 pandemic crisis that we are facing is unplanned and it is foreseeable that it would last for a long period of time,” he said.

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