Doing their part to help curb pandemic


(Front row, from left) Kota Tinggi district health officer Dr Roslinda A Rahman, Hazlina, Pengerang Municipal Council president Fizawan Rashidi and Roslina with frontliners at the Desaru Coast Conference Centre.

AS health officials swing into high gear to carry out mass inoculations against Covid-19, Desaru Coast — one of Johor’s premium beach destinations — has been quick to lend its resources towards the nation’s vaccination programme.

Its 26,000sq ft conference centre is now a Covid-19 vaccination centre for Phase 1 involving frontliners in the Kota Tinggi district.

Kota Tinggi District Officer Hazlina Jalil said vaccinations carried out by the Health Ministry would take place until March 11 and include about 2,000 frontliners comprising health personnel as well as members of the armed forces, police and Fire and Rescue Department in the state.

Vaccinations at the Desaru Coast Conference Centre will follow the schedule of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme which will see the inoculation of frontliners from February to April, followed by senior citizens and those in high-risk groups from April to August.Hazlina, who was present at the launch of the vaccination programme, said she was grateful to Desaru Coast for its contribution towards the exercise, which reflected the collaboration between the private and public sectors.

“Desaru Coast was chosen as the venue because of its easy access for frontliners and residents.

“In addition, the Desaru Coast Conference Centre is a large and comfortable venue for those receiving their vaccinations, especially for Phase 2 which involves senior citizens and the disabled, ” she said, adding that Desaru Coast had also contributed manpower for the exercise.

She hoped that residents in Kota Tinggi would take part in this vaccination exercise.

Meanwhile, Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Roslina Arbak said they were proud to be chosen as a venue for the programme and happy to support this exercise.

“We are doing our part to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, Desaru Coast has worked closely with the authorities to ensure strict adherence to standard operating procedures while ensuring a safe haven for tourists, residents and its employees, ” she added.

She said they looked forward to supporting the authorities in their efforts to bring an end to the pandemic.Meanwhile, Westin Desaru Coast Resort general manager Grant Yong said the pandemic had severely impacted the hospitality industry.

“We want to ensure the industry’s speedy recovery and are grateful for this honour. We certainly look forward to playing a contributing role in ending the pandemic here, ” he added.

Westin Desaru manages the conference centre.

The Star had earlier reported that the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme would involve more than 40,000 people and 62 vaccine centres (PPV) centres statewide.

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