BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 18 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The second mobile vaccination service at Kampong Menunggol held yesterday brought the Sultanate closer to the goal of the National Vaccination Programme – vaccination rate of 80 per cent.
“As of midday, 48 residents of Kampong Menunggol were vaccinated, 26 at the mosque and 12 at their homes,” Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar said during the daily press conference in the capital.
The mobile vaccination service at Kampong Menunggol Mosque from 10am to 2.30pm targetted residents of the village as well as the wider community.
“The flow of people coming forward has been constant, with people queueing up to be inoculated before 10am,” said Mobile Vaccination Team Nationwide Officer in-Charge Dr Maimunah Mokim.
“We targetted 60 to 70 people and at the same time, we also deployed one team to go to those physically unable to get to the mosque,” she added. The mobile vaccination clinic was opened to residents of Kampong Menunggol and Kampong Bolkiah ‘B’.
“In terms of logistics, we could only access the village by boat, which was the same mode of transport for equipment from our base at the Indoor Stadium,” Dr Maimunah said.
“Most villagers said they wished they could have been vaccinated earlier, but were unable to do so for a number of reasons, and among them being transportation and accessibility,” she added.
“So far, we feel it has been very rewarding. Although some might say the number of people being vaccinated is small, we are reaching a specific pocket of the population – the vulnerable – including those that are bed-ridden,” she said.
Dr Maimunah said the mobile vaccination team will visit the village in four weeks to administer the second vaccination.- Borneo Bulletin/ANN