Covid-19: Use resources from other states with fewer cases to transport patients to hospitals, says Maria Chin

TO address the issue of lack of transportation to commute Covid-19 patients to hospitals, the government could pull its resources from other states that have fewer cases, says Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah.

She said there are several existing efforts to commute people to the vaccination centres.

However, those showing Covid-19 symptoms and have no means to travel to the hospital due to numerous reasons are facing a problem.

“I suggest that ambulances from states with fewer cases could be brought to Klang Valley as a temporary solution.

“I came to know that the Red Crescent and the St John Ambulance bodies are keen to help, but they lack funding. These bodies are trained to handle sick people, and because it is Covid-19, they would need additional equipment, too.

“We can’t use untrained and unequipped volunteers to pick up Covid-19 suspected patients, but we can pull resources and aid those with skills,” said Chin.

On a different matter, the Damai Apartment at PJS 8/9 in Petaling Jaya, will come under enhanced movement control order on Saturday (July 17) night.

The low-cost apartment has 800 units and it is estimated that there are about 4,000 residents living there.

The Mentari Court Apartment, which is located near Damai Apartment, was previously under EMCO for 12 days from July 1. The low-cost apartment has 9,500 residents and upon screening, 419 people tested positive.

Chin said the Mentari Court was well managed by the authorities and she believes the same will be done at Damai Apartment.

She said the approach to vaccinate everyone who lives in the EMCO area is commendable.

“Everyone including locals, documented or undocumented foreigners, must be vaccinated. This approach would be effective and save lives.

“I hope since there are more vaccines coming into the country, there will be targeted vaccination at hotspots such as the high density high-rise apartments, flats and people’s housing scheme (PPR).

“People living in crowded spaces like PPR Lembah Subang in Petaling Jaya too must be vaccinated. Mass vaccination at hotspots is the approach we should take moving forward,” said Chin.

Her office will be distributing vegetables and has plans to distribute meat depending on the district office’s advice, she added.
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