KUCHING: Penans have been urged to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the Health Ministry and the Limbang Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) will bring the vaccines to Penan settlements.
“We will be there from July 26 to 29. We want the community to accept the Covid-19 vaccines for their own wellbeing.
“While they would insist that they can rely on traditional medicines and surround by greenery, it does not mean that they will not be infected.
“So, it is our responsibility to administer the vaccines to them and it is theirs to ensure that they are protected,” he said in a press conference on Friday.
“This is for their own safety, the safety of their families and the rest of us,” he said.
Earlier Friday, Limbang Resident Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi polled by a local daily said negative stories about the side effects are among the reasons many Penans in Limbang have shied away from getting vaccinated.
He said the community has always been reliant on jungle herbs and medicinal plants to treat any ailments.
Also present during the press conference were Agriculture assistant minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail and Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang.