House-to-house jabs for bedridden patients

Home visit: Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz (left) looking on as a patient is given a vaccine at his home in Taman Lembah Jaya in Ampang. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: House-to-house vaccination for bedridden patients living in the Klang Valley will be carried out by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) with other non-governmental organisations under the mobile clinic initiative of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Its adviser Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood said MRCS had mobilised its team to 111 of the 280 houses identified so far to protect vulnerable individuals who have difficulty making the trip to the vaccination centres to get their jabs.

“The number of doses per household depends on the family members (of the patients) who have not received their shots because we will protect the patients as well as the people around them,” she said when met after the programme’s launch yesterday.

Dr Jemilah urged the public to contact the nearest health centres and provide information on the vulnerable individuals in their households to utilise this home visit vaccination service.

She said the Health Ministry had instructed health clinics nationwide to collect data on the vulnerable groups to facilitate the vaccination process.

In conjunction with the launch, five patients and 13 families from five households around Ampang received their Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Jemilah, who is the special adviser to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on public health, said the NGOs involved in carrying out the initiative were St John Ambulance Malaysia, Mercy Malaysia, Imam Response and Relief Team, Malaysian Relief Agency and the National Cancer Society Malaysia.

Meanwhile MRCS chairman Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who was also present, said the initiative is in line with its objective to provide healthcare to the needy and vulnerable communities. — Bernama

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