Kuching old folks home residents get vaccine jabs

(From right) Fatimah with ministry permanent secretary Dr Rashidah Bolhassan and one of the Kuching RSK residents.

KUCHING: Fifty-eight out of 59 senior citizens of old folks home Rumah Seri Kenangan (RSK) here have been vaccinated.

The only one who missed out was not eligible due to health factors, said Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

“I requested counselling be provided in which two counsellors from Sekolah Tunas Bakti (L) Kuching were present throughout the vaccination process, to inspire and give confidence to the recipients.

“In addition, music was also played as one of the measures to provide comfort while they are vaccinated.

“This indirectly reduces the fear and anxiety among them as well as providing a calm atmosphere,” she explained during the vaccination process at RSK on Friday (June 4).

The residents were also presented with goody bags from the Social Welfare Department (JKMS) and RM50.

According to the Health Department data, as of June 2, out of the 339,800 senior citizens in the state, 75,869 or 22.3 per cent have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 25,601 or 7.5 per cent have completed their second dose.

“Of the total, 1,143 are members of Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (PAWE) and Pusat Perkhidmatan Warga Emas (PPWE).”

Fatimah also urged the chairmen of PAWE, which has 18,476 members, and chairmen of PPWE, which has 30,995 members, to encourage those yet to register for vaccination to do so.

On another note, a similar programme will also be done at Sibu RSK on June 9 involving 27 residents.