Vaccination drives continue as Covid-19 cases fall in Sibu


PBB members going house-to-house on bicycles to encourage residents to get vaccinated.

ACTIVE vaccination drives have resulted in a drastic drop of new Covid-19 cases in Sibu.

As at July 29, 87.8% or 220,111 people had their first dose while 64.9% or 162,741 people had their second dose out of a total population of 250,735, Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee said.

Speaking over Facebook Live on July 31, he said the number of cases of patients needing ventilators had also reduced while admissions to Hospital Sibu’s intensive care unit (ICU) had decreased.

“We have only five cases of people needing ventilators at the hospital on July 31.

“At one time, we had 15 cases requiring ventilators until we had a shortage.

“We also faced the issue of faulty ventilators that were sent from Kuala Lumpur.

“I remember in April, the state government responded by buying three ventilators for us,” he said.

As at July 31, occupancy at Sibu Hospital and low-risk quarantine centres was 28.2% out of 610 beds with 438 beds unoccupied and 159 beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, he said.

“This shows that our vaccination programme has reaped results.

“We have managed to control the number of new cases and cases needing intensive treatment at the ICU have also reduced,” he said.

Dr Annuar said the number of infections started to come down since early July.

Despite this, he said the vaccination drive was being ramped up.

A two-day mobile vaccination programme started yesterday at Bandung Walk from 8am to 5pm.

The programme ends today.

“Those who have not been vaccinated can walk-in to receive the vaccination.

“There is no need for an appointment,” he said.

Members of Sibu Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth Wing had on Aug 1 gone around Sibu encouraging those who have yet to get vaccinated to do so at various vaccination centres and mobile vaccination centre.

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