JOHOR BARU: The movement control order (MCO) is in place to keep people at home and safe from Covid-19 infection but those with chronic illnesses who require their medication can get them through safe measures put in place by the Johor state government.
These people should continue taking their medication not just to improve their well-being but to avoid health complications.
Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said to enable medication to be easily dispensed to patients, the state health department had initiated value-added services such as sending them via post and setting up drive-through pharmacies.
“For those requesting for medication to be sent via post, the government will bear the costs until June 30, ” he said.
Vidyananthan said drive-through facilities were available at health clinics and hospitals at four locations in Johor Baru, two each in Segamat and Muar and one each in Kota Tinggi, Batu Pahat and Kulai.
The locations in Johor Baru are at Mahmoodiah Health Clinic, Sultan Ismail Health Clinic, Taman Universiti Health Clinic and Persiaran Tanjung in Tampoi Medical Supplies Centre.
In Kulai, it is at Kulai Besar Health Clinic, in Segamat at Segamat Hospital and Segamat Health Clinic, in Batu Pahat at Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital, in Muar at Sultanah Fatimah Hospital and Maharani Health Clinic while in Kota Tinggi it is at Sg Rengit Health Clinic.
Vidyananthan added that drive-through pharmacies were being introduced for patients’ convenience.
“They need not spend time looking for parking space or wait long to collect their medications at pharmacy counters.
“As for the medication sent via post, we encourage people to use this service to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection, ” he said.
On another matter, Vidyananthan said beginning yesterday, Malaysians working in Singapore would be required to get an entry permit before being allowed to return.
He said the permit could be obtained via the Malaysian High Commission in the island republic.
“They must apply for the permit at least two days prior to their travel home, ” he said, adding that all the documents could be emailed to the High Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vidyananthan said the details required for the permit included applicant’s name, identity card number, passport number, date of travel, photocopy of employment pass, copy of short-term pass, permanent resident pass or student pass.
He said the entry permit would be emailed to those returning to show to the immigration officers.
Vidyananthan said the state government was monitoring the situation closely, especially with the rising number of cases in Singapore.
“We will ensure those returning undergo stringent checks by health and immigration officers at the border, ” he said.
On the situation in Johor, Vidyananthan said so far the state had recorded 655 Covid-19 cases, with 17 deaths.
“As of Saturday, records show 368 people have recovered and discharged while 270 are still being treated, ” he added.