THE government should administer the Covid-19 vaccine to pregnant women and nursing mothers at health clinics during their monthly check-ups.
Gan Peck Cheng (PH-Penggaram) said this would eliminate the need for them to go to a vaccination centre (PPV).
“It will speed up the vaccination process for this group and they will also feel more confident about getting the vaccine,” she said during the Johor state assembly debate on Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s decree.
Gan made the suggestion following reports of 70 deaths involving pregnant women between March last year and Aug 9 this year nationwide.
She also questioned the action of employers in sending their foreign workers to get their vaccine shots at “walk-in” public PPVs.
“This has happened at PPV Yong Peng and PPV Universiti Tun Hussein Onn in July and August.
“It is sad as many citizens, including the elderly, have not received their vaccine appointments yet,” she said.
Gan urged the authorities to monitor this matter to ensure there was no manipulation of the vaccination process.
Meanwhile, Ee Chin Li (PH-Tangkak) suggested the use of public halls, including those under local councils’ management, as quarantine centres for Covid-19 patients.
He shared his experience of having to self-isolate after becoming a close contact of a Covid-19 patient, forcing him to miss the first few days of the state assembly meeting.
“Using Muafakat Johor halls, multipurpose halls and even local council halls as quarantine centres will help ensure Covid-19 patients will not spread the disease to their loved ones.
“In the first five days of this month alone, the number of cumulative Covid-19 positive cases in Johor stood at 10,706 and the number of close contacts who needed to undergo quarantine reached 6,000 people a day, comprising family members and colleagues,” he said.
Ee also suggested more armed forces, Rela personnel and volunteers be roped in to monitor those under home quarantine.
“If they are not properly monitored, the quarantined person may violate the instructions and leave their house, leading to an increased risk of community infection,” he said.
He also requested the state government increase the allocation in next year’s budget for the Tangkak Drainage and Irrigation Department.
This is for work to be carried out on drains in Kampung Solok, Kampung Bukit Banjar and Kampung Sri Jaya Tangkak to prevent flash floods in the area, he added.