Vaccination drive like an outbound adventure


SOME 20 healthcare professionals literally have to go the extra mile (and more) to ensure the success of the Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Programme.

Travelling by car, they need to pass along hilly terrain along a 50km logging road, a challenging journey that takes from two to three hours to reach Orang Asli villages in Lipis, Pahang, reported Harian Metro.

Sungai Koyan health clinic family physician Dr Rafidah Mahmud said a strong spirit and self-confidence are necessary qualities for the healthcare workers involved.

Dr Rafidah, who is the main contact person for the Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Programme in the district, said all sorts of challenges have to be overcome as the mission is to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to Orang Asli who live in the interior.

“Long journeys are not just tiring but also cause body aches as we sit for long periods in the vehicle.

“Due to our responsibilities and the importance of maintaining the health of the Orang Asli community, we do our very best to reach these villages, ” she said at the Betau resettlement plan in Kampung Meter.

The Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Programme, which started on June 16, requires them to visit all Orang Asli communities in the district.

The team comprises doctors, nurses and other staff from the Sungai Koyan health clinic.

> Villagers in Bayan Lepas, Teluk Kumbar, Pulau Betong, Sungai Pinang and Teluk Bahang in Penang say that durians have become so expensive that only the “golongan kayangan” (upper crust) can afford them, Utusan Malaysia reported.

The villagers say the price can reach nearly RM100 per kg.

Hussin Ahmad, a 50-year-old from Teluk Kumbar, said villagers who live near durian orchards in the area can no longer afford the fruit.

“In the past, every durian season, villagers who live near the orchards would be the first to taste the fruit before it is sold for between RM3 and RM5 per kg for kampung durian.

“Nowadays, all the different durian species can be categorised as ‘upmarket’ with the Black Thorn durian fetching up to RM400 per fruit, ” he said.

According to Utusan Malaysia, the kampung durian is now sold at RM10 to RM15 per kg, while kahwin durian fetches RM25 to RM35 per kg.

Hakimi Roslan, a resident in Pulau Betong, said that with durians so expensive, he can only watch the orchard bosses whisking away the fruits from the orchards to well-heeled buyers every day.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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