Organise vaccination for staff, oil and gas companies told

THE authorities will be carrying out inspections on oil and gas platforms in Bintulu, Sarawak, to ensure the Covid-19 standard operating procedures are followed.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said he had requested the Health Department to inspect the oil and gas platforms, and to shut down the platforms’ operations if they were found to have flouted SOP.

In a media statement, he said some oil and gas companies had refused to organise vaccination programmes for their staff despite him urging the sector on several occasions to do so.

He had also recommended that the oil and gas sector to work with the relevant authorities to strictly supervise the operations of the companies and ensure they adhered to the Covid-19 SOP.

However, Tiong said it had not yielded results, while the threat of more outbreaks in this industry remains present.

“Employees in this sector have repeatedly been among new confirmed Covid-19 cases.

“It is crucial for the management of the companies involved to immediately organise vaccination drives for staff of their contractors and subcontractors, including their temporary hires.

“For any related matters, they should seek the advice of the Bintulu Health Department,” he said.

Tiong said the relevant health authorities had rolled out mobile vaccination programmes to serve recipients in hard-to-reach locations as no one was to be left behind in the vaccination drive.

“But it is the responsibility of the companies to cooperate closely with the Health Department to protect their employees,” he said.

Tiong said during a recent meeting, he had requested the Bintulu Liquefied Natural Gas Complex to spearhead the inoculation of all employees in the district.

“They must coordinate efforts and supervise the persons in charge and work with the Health Department,” he added.

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