Selangor spends RM127mil on vaccines under Selvax

A foreign worker getting his vaccine shot under Selvax at Kompleks Sukan PKNS, Kelana Jaya earlier this month.

SELANGOR has spent RM127mil for the purchase of 1.25 million doses of vaccine under its Selangor Vaccination Programme (Selvax).

State public health, unity, women and family development committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the amount excluded other costs under the programme.

“Cost for setting up vaccination centres (PPV), the equipment and doctors’ pay is not part of the RM127mil spent.

Dr Siti Mariah said this in reply to Rajiv Rishyakaran (PH-Bukit Gasing) who asked about the state’s expenses under Selvax.

She was, however, unable to answer a supplementary question from Rajiv who pressed for a detailed list on the expenditure, offering to give a written reply later.

On a question from Wong Siew Ki (PH-Balakong) on the number of vaccine doses left under Selvax, Dr Siti Mariah said 367,599 doses of the vaccine had been administered under the Selvax industry and community programmes.

“The state government targeted 500,000 doses of vaccine for 250,000 individuals under the community programme and another two million doses for one million workers under the industry programme.

“The balance now are 275,120 doses of vaccine under the community programme and 607,281 doses under the industry programme,” she said.

Dr Siti Mariah said the remaining doses of vaccine would be sold to panel clinics nationwide as well as in preparation for a booster shot if it was needed later.

“The rest will be given to those aged 18 and above, subject to the approval of Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV).

“We will also continue to give free vaccines to those who have yet to receive an appointment through the mobile vaccination programme,” she added.

Dr Siti Mariah also answered questions on mental health issues faced by people.

She said Selangor residents would be able to carry out self-assessment on the state of their mental health through the Selangkah app by the end of August.

This will be made possible by linking the state’s online mental health counselling and awareness service (Sehat), which was initially set up to help civil servants deal with stress because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To date, this site has helped 420 civil servants in Selangor gain easy access to counselling services and obtain information on mental health issues.

The launch for the linking of Sehat and Selangkah will be done by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari on Aug 30.

Dr Siti Mariah was responding to Mazwan Johar (PH-Sungai Ramal) on how many civil servants from Selangor were given referrals for mental health treatment.

She said according to the state secretariat’s human resource management department, 17 staff members were referred to undergo treatment since July.

“The initiative to set up a website dedicated to improving the mental well-being of government staff was given an allocation of RM15,000 and was developed with a panel of experts from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association (Miasa), a non-governmental organisation,” she said.

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