Kelantan Sultan allows palace to be used as vaccination centre

Members of the public heading into Istana Balai Besar in Kota Baru, Kealntan on Aug 1, 2021, which is being used a temporary Covid-19 vaccination centre. – Bernama

KOTA BARU (Bernama): Kelantan's Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent for the Istana Balai Besar here to open its doors for use as a temporary vaccination centre.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Tengku Azmi Tengku Jaafar said Istana Balai Besar was the only palace in Kelantan which would be used for this purpose.

He said the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme at Istana Balai Besar, organised by the Office of the Sultan of Kelantan in collaboration with the state Health Department for Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), would proceed for five days, starting Sunday (Aug 1).

"For this programme, about 2,000 recipients are expected to receive the vaccine. About 1,000 are locals while the rest will be the staff and relatives of the Kelantan Palace," he told reporters at Istana Balai Besar here.

Tengku Azmi said Sultan Muhammad V also commended those who had registered for vaccination.

"His Highness also called on the people to play their part in protecting themselves and their family," he said, adding that Sultan Muhammad V also expressed his appreciation to all frontliners, especially Health Ministry staff involved in curbing Covid-19 transmission.

Meanwhile, Tengku Azmi said Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra was deeply concerned about the problems and constraints faced by the MOH for a smooth vaccination process.

"On June 23, the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan donated five Covid-19 vaccine storage containers to the Kelantan State Health Department," he said.

Tengku Azmi added that the palace was also planning to organise several other programmes at Istana Balai Besar, including distributing food baskets to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. – Bernama

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