By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, June 4: A total of 58 out of 59 elderly at Rumah Seri Kenangan (RSK) Kuching Division old folks’ home received their Covid-19 jabs today.
The only one odd resident who did not receive the jab is still not eligible for the vaccination due to health factors.
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah during her visit to monitor the vaccination process this morning said the same programme will also be held at RSK Sibu Division on Wednesday (June 9) involving 27 residents.
“I have requested that counseling services be provided where two counselors from Sekolah Tunas Bakti (L) Kuching will be present during the vaccination period for RSK residents to inspire and add confidence about the benefits of this vaccination process.
“In addition, music is also played as one of the measures to provide solace among the elderly while receiving vaccines. Indirectly, it can reduce the fear or anxiety of senior citizens as well as provide a relaxed atmosphere for RSK residents,” she said.
Based on the statistics from the State Health Department, a total of 339,800 senior citizens in the State have registered for the vaccination programme as of June 2.
“Of the total, 75,869 senior citizens or 22.3 per cent have received their first dose of vaccine. Meanwhile, 25,601 senior citizens or 7.5 per cent have completed their second dose of vaccine,” Fatimah informed.
She added that of the total number of vaccinated, 1,143 were members of the Senior Citizens Activity Centre (PAWE) and the Senior Citizens Service Centre (PPWE).
Fatimah also urged nine chairmen of PAWE statewide with a total of 18,476 members and 11 chairmen of PPWE statewide with a total of 30,995 members, to encourage their members who have not registered for vaccination programme to do so.
At the event, RSK residents were also given goodies bag from State Social Welfare Department (JKMS) and RM50 cash aid. — DayakDaily