Covid-19: 39-member team brave strong currents to vaccinate villagers in Kelantan


KUALA KRAI (Bernama): They had to board a boat and brave swift currents on the Kelantan River, but this did not weaken the spirits of 39 personnel from the Kuala Krai District Health Office (PKD) when travelling to Kampung Bahagia near here for a Covid-19 vaccination outreach programme on June 6.

On top of the 45-minute journey, they had to take care of vaccines and medical equipment as well as observe Covid-19 prevention standard operating procedures (SOP) to check the spread of the virus.

Kuala Krai district health officer, Dr Hazura Mat Zubir said Kampung Bahagia and Kampung Mambung were very isolated.

She said the residents had to use the services of boatmen or logging trails which could only be accessed by four-wheel-drive vehicles to reach the vaccination centre in Kuala Krai town.

She said the vaccination outreach programme focused on those aged 18 and above.

"We made the decision for this vaccination programme after taking into account their transportation difficulties.

"So, we took the initiative to bring the personnel of the Kuala Krai district health office and vaccines to vaccinate residents at the Kampung Bahagia Mosque compound.

"The programme started at 9am and ended at 1pm," she told Bernama here.

The programme was made possible through cooperation between the Kuala Krai PKD, Guchil State Assemblyman's Service Centre, the Sultan Ismail Petra Hospital Kuala Krai, Fire and Rescue Department, the police and the Malaysia Civil Defence Force.

Dr Hazura added that the programme also involved residents of 10 surrounding villages, including Kampung Keluak, Kampung Rimau, Kampung Berhala, Kampung Bantuan, Kampung Pasir Tinggi, Kampung Pichong, Kampung Sri Tanjong, Kampung Johal and Kampung Raba in the Mambong sub-district.

"About 400 people received their Covid-19 injections," she said.

Dr Hazura said the Kuala Krai PKD also provided a mobile vaccination service to the houses of residents with health problems including those with chronic diseases, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, Dr Hazura said that 27,000 or 31.8% of residents from the age of 19 had registered as vaccine recipients in the Kuala Krai district.

"A total 12,500 residents in the Kuala Krai district have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday,'' she added. – Bernama

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