KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing has stressed the importance of vaccination in bringing down the Covid-19 cases in the state.
In a Facebook post today he said it is the only tool to fight Covid-19 with the surge of cases nationwide and in Sarawak.
“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The others have invented it (the vaccine) for us.
“All we have to do is to acquire it quickly, and use it effectively, intelligently, and with no bias in its rolling out schedule,” he said.
At the same time, he said relying on non-pharmaceutical interventions such as movement restrictions may have reached a point where it becomes a waste of time and resources.
Alluding to his nephew, Nicholas Kudi who lost both parents to Covid-19 recently, Masing said Kudi was saved from Covid-19 while looking after both his parents because he (Kudi) was vaccinated.
The Baleh assemblyman said his dead brother Jantai had only missed his vaccination appointment by a week, adding that the vaccines would have made all the difference.
On Monday, the deputy chief minister sent an urgent appeal to the federal government to speed up Covid-19 vaccination in Sarawak.
Revealing that Kapit Hospital was at a breaking point due to the surge of Covid-19 cases, Masing said the only way to save Kapit and Sarawak from Covid-19 is through the vaccine.
“The faster this government can roll out the vaccine, the better. The rolling out of vaccine should be our number one priority.
“Putrajaya must assist Sarawak in this fight. Sarawak has the funds. We are willing to use it. Please do not make economic considerations or red tape as obstacles to save human lives.
“Don’t just talk. Do it,” he said.