PETALING JAYA: More volunteers at higher education institutions (HEI) vaccination centres (PPV) are needed as Malaysia receives more vaccines.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said the ministry encouraged more people within the higher education sector and the public to register as volunteers to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said as National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently announced that Malaysia would be receiving a large supply of vaccines, numbering 12 million doses starting July, the ministry encouraged more volunteers to sign up through the ministry’s “Mesti Menang” campaign.
“We are committed to assisting the National Recovery Plan as an exit phased transition strategy out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our commitment will be highlighted through the “Mesti Menang” campaign which was designed for us to jointly support the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme,” she said during a virtual launch of the campaign on Tuesday (Aug 3).
The campaign focuses on four main pillars, she said, namely the role of university teaching hospitals, Providing HEI PPVs, volunteerism and food bank initiatives.
Through the campaign, Noraini said university teaching hospitals would play a role in bringing awareness of the virus to society and educating them on preventive measures to tackle the pandemic.
“Another important focus is providing charity to students and the frontliners in the higher education sector.
“We have taken proactive steps by collaborating with the Food Bank Secretariat for the branding and restructuring of the Student Food Bank Initiative in HEIs.
“We are determined to ensure the structure of the Student Food Bank Initiative coordination mechanism is more systematic and strategic,” she added.
The initiative, she said, targeted B40 students and the poor, while addressing the issue of rising cost of living faced by students, to enable them to remain focused on their education.
Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa would be involved in coordinating the distribution of the aid.