SARAWAK will engage more doctors, nurses and non-medical staff to speed up its Covid-19 immunisation programme for completion by August.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah said the required manpower would be sourced from the medical faculties of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Segi College Sarawak as well as personnel from a nursing home.
He said a committee was formed under deputy state secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit to look at the numbers required in each of the state’s 12 administrative divisions.
“We need the extra manpower to increase our overall vaccination capacity as we hope to complete our immunisation programme by August.
“With the required manpower, we can give around 60,000 doses a day,” he said after visiting the Sri Aman Civic Centre vaccination site in Simanggang town.
Uggah said the Sri Aman Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force under divisional health officer Dr Euphrasia Bari aimed to vaccinate 79,874 people in three phases by mid-August.
To date, 48,233 individuals in the Sri Aman division have registered for vaccination.
The division has two large vaccination centres at the Sri Aman Civic Centre and the Lubok Antu sports complex, as well as 12 community vaccination centres, which include four private clinics.
Uggah said the task force would also reach out to 64 interior localities in the division, comprising 27 accessible by river and 37 by land transport.
He added that the flying doctor service would be deployed to reach out to eight other localities.