Miri Health Department denies turning away farmers without citizenship in Baram

File photo depicting a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine being prepared. Photo source: Flickr, Creative Commons License

KUCHING, June 18:  Miri Health Department has denied allegations that some farmers without the citizenship had been turned away from receiving Covid-19 vaccinations in the interiors of the Baram District.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said he had contacted Miri Divisional Health Officer Dr Raviwharmman Packierisamy over the allegation reported in a news portal today.

“Dr Ravi has denied the allegation, saying the department has a mechanism to deal with those not having Mykad who come for the vaccination.

“Nonetheless, he will carry out an investigation on the matter,” said Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister in a statement today.

Baram People’s Action Committee (BPAC) chairman Philip Jau had alleged that some farmers were denied  vaccination at the Long San government clinic in central Baram District.

He said he had received numerous reports from the natives saying they were barred from entering the clinic when they could not produce their Mykad.  — DayakDaily