Vaccination offers glimmer of hope

File photo: Dr Annuar checks the vaccine doses at a vaccination centre in Sibu.

KUCHING: The vaccine rollout in Sarawak offers a glimmer of hope that the spread of Covid-19 cases in the state can be ended.

Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said the surge of Covid-19 in Sarawak which was triggered by the Pasai Cluster has been an endless battle.

“However, with the vaccines being rolled out and Sarawak being the fastest to expedite vaccination throughout its large expanse, we can finally start to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

“There is hope yet that we will be able to overcome and manage this pandemic,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (July 2).

Dr Annuar said the rapid surge of Covid-19 began early this year with Sarawak fighting to lower the number of cases in the past six months.

“It started with Pasai being the epicentre of what spread like a wildfire through Sibu and subsequently throughout Sarawak to become the largest cluster of infections,” he said.

Recalling the incidents that occurred during Covid-19 in Sibu, Dr Annuar said one that stood out was when the frontliners expressed their frustrations with Sibu folk flouting the standard operating procedure (SOP) to queue up at a fast-food restaurant.

“The frontliners who have been working endlessly since the start of the pandemic in 2020 relayed their disappointment and frustrations to me after seeing how members of the public in Sibu ignored all public safety measures and SOPs.

“I myself have never felt so disheartened at the sight of people lining up to get hold of a fast-food meal where the only difference in the meal was the printing on the disposable packaging it came in,” he said.

He said it was as if the public couldn’t care less for the safety of their families and were simply brushing off the efforts of the frontliners for a few pieces of food wrappers and packaging.

“I do not mind working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to battle the challenges that comes our way, but I only beseech that the others play their role too, in helping one another keep the virus at bay, instead of causing unnecessary hindrances,” he said.