Negri Sembilan to ramp up vaccine delivery

SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan assemblymen have been asked to gather the names of their constituents above the age of 60 who have registered for the Covid-19 vaccination but have yet to get their appointments.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said his administration had raised the plight of

those who had yet to get their appointments with health authorities, who have agreed to help out.

“I would like to seek the help of all assemblymen in the state to get the names, addresses and MySejahtera IDs of these people so that we can give them priority over those younger than them.

“We do not want them to be left out of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme,” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri.

Aminuddin said as of June 15, 540,345 people or 66.3% of those eligible have registered to be vaccinated in the state.

However, only 117,341 have received their first dose and 67,127 have received both doses.

Separately, Aminuddin said a field hospital will be built in Tampin near here if the number of Covid-19 cases in Negri Sembilan keeps increasing.

The facility, he said, will be set up in a large area near the Tampin Hospital.

“We will proceed with the plan if we keep getting many cases and the number of beds at the four Covid-19 government designated hospitals keep decreasing.

“At present, about 70% of the beds at these hospitals are occupied,” he said.

The four government hospitals treating Covid-19 patients are the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital here, Tampin Hospital, Jelebu Hospital and Jempol Hospital.

Negri Sembilan registered 618 cases on June 12, making it the state with the second highest number of cases that day.

There were 685 cases recorded on June 11, which was an increase compared to June 10 (593), June 9 (507), June 8 (505) and June 7 (571).

Although the the number of cases reported on June 15 fell to 396, it soared to 607 yesterday.

A total of 34,501 cases have been reported in the state since the pandemic started. As of June 15, 4,868 people were still undergoing treatment and 228 have died.

Aminuddin said due to an increase in the number of cases, the authorities have also proposed to open the state’s fourth Covid-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) at the Nilai Indoor Stadium.

Once opened, it will be able to accommodate 1,000 beds. The three other government PKRC have a total of 2,000 beds.

Apart from the government-run PKRCs, there are three more being operated by the private sector which has a combined capacity of 966 beds.

Aminuddin said to ensure more people get their vaccines, seven more government vaccination centres will also be opened in the state on June 28 and another one on July 5.

At present, there are eight such centres running.

Apart from the government-run centres, the people are also being given vaccines at 13 health clinics, seven private hospitals and 28 private clinics.

“Our current capacity is to vaccinate 13,814 people a day but we are only getting about 8,000 shots from the federal authorities,” he said, adding that the state government has asked for the number of daily vaccinations to be increased to 10,000 for all government centres and health clinics.

He said once this was approved, the employees at these government facilities will come in to work during the weekends to ensure more people get their vaccines faster.

The 28 private clinics now give out 2,124 jabs a day but they have the ability to vaccinate 3,360 individuals a day.

Aminuddin said seven private hospitals are also receiving an average of 1,600 doses a day when they have the capacity to administer 2,100 shots.

“We have also proposed to the federal authorities to open a mega vaccination centre at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Nilai, which will be able to give out 3,000 jabs a day,” he added.

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