Medical team braves swift currents

Outreach mission: Some of the nurses from the Kuala Krai district health office taking a boat ride to Taman Bahagia. — Photo courtesy of the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force

KUALA KRAI: Health Department employees boarded a boat and braved the swift currents of Sungai Kelantan to carry out a Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Programme at a remote village.

The group of 39 from the Kuala Krai district health office travelled to Kampung Bahagia during a 45-minute journey, while taking care of vaccines and medical equipment, and at the same time observe the Covid-19 SOP.

Kuala Krai district health officer Dr Hazura Mat Zubir said Kampung Bahagia and Kampung Mambung in the district were isolated villages.

As such, she said the residents had to use the service of boatmen or use logging trails, which could only be accessed with 4WD vehicles, for their appointment at the vaccination centre in Kuala Krai town.

She said the vaccination programme, which was carried out on June 6, involved the residents of 10 surrounding villages.

The government took proactive steps to bring the vaccines directly to Kampung Bahagia in its efforts to ensure no one is left behind, including senior citizens, in the vaccination campaign, especially in areas which are high-risk and are hard to reach.

The healthcare workers from the Kuala Krai health office and Hospital Sultan Ismail Petra successfully vaccinated almost 400 individuals in Kampung Bahagia.

More than 144,000 individuals in Kelantan have so far received at least the first dose.

Currently, a total of 187,291 individuals in phase two as well as 51.6% of the population above 60 have registered for the Covid-19 vaccine in Kelantan.

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