By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, June 8: The State government has been urged to set up mobile vaccination units in Sarawak’s rural areas to help get the Covid-19 vaccine to as many people as possible.
Sibuti Member of Parliament (MP) Lukanisman Awang Sauni said with mobile vaccination units activated, it will greatly benefit those living in rural areas who have difficulties in accessing the vaccines.
He also hopes that the bus companies in the State will step forward and play a part in helping the people of Sarawak get inoculated by converting their buses into mobile vaccination sites and helping to bring vaccines to underserved communities.
Earlier on, Lukanisman also applauded Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s announcement to make Covid-19 vaccines available to those in rural areas without needing an appointment.
“This approach will help expedite the vaccination process, especially in rural areas as they (rural folks) can just show up to get their jabs,” he said on Tuesday.
In view of the current pandemic and Movement Control Order (MCO) situation, Lukanisman disclosed that to use public transportations such as buses or vans to transport people from rural areas to vaccination centres was “inappropriate”.
“Setting up mobile vaccination units is a much more proper method, as we can bring the vaccines to the people,” he pointed out.
On another note, Lukanisman also hopes that the government will set up more vaccination centres in Sibuti, especially within the Subis district to ramp up the vaccination process.
He has recommended that the Health Clinic in Bekenu be used as a vaccination centre.
Currently, only Bekenu community hall is being used as a vaccination centre. — DayakDaily