T C Goh
KOTA KINABALU: The Federation of Chinese Associations (FCAS) has urged the Federal Government to adopt the ‘Labuan approach’ for Sabah, so that the state could complete two doses of vaccine to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible.
Its President, Tan Sri T C Goh, noted that it has been widely reported that the number of daily Covid-19 cases in the Federal Territory of Labuan have dropped significantly recently, after a vast majority of its population has completed two doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
He said the latest official data indicated that Sabah is currently still the state with the lowest vaccination rate in the country, either one dose or two doses. Hence, there’s an urgent need for the Federal Government to strive harder to better improve the vaccination rate in Sabah.
He was commenting on the Health Ministry Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s recent statement that the number of daily Covid-19 cases in Labuan have dropped significantly recently, and the hospitals there were no longer congested following a boost in the vaccination rate with completion of two doses of vaccine among its population.
In his posting in Facebook today, Dr Noor Hisham noted that as of Saturday, 61.9% of the population in Labuan has completed first dose of vaccination and 42.7% completed the second dose, while 90% of those who completed the first dose of vaccination are 18 years and above and 62% of adults have completed the second dose.
Goh, who is also President of the Federation of Sabah and Labuan Hokkien Associations (FSLHA), thus hoped the Federal Government could expedite the implementation of the Labuan approach for Sabah.
He said since the Federal Government has indicated that there’s sufficient vaccine supply, even for the ‘Plan B’, it should thus ramp up vaccination programme for all the states, Sabah included, to complete two doses of vaccine, so as to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Goh who is also a member of Sabah Economic Advisory Council (SEAC) also welcomed and supported the statement by the new Sabah Health Director, Dr Rose Nani Mudin, that her department is in the midst of mobilising all its 26,000 healthcare workers to improve vaccination process throughout the state.
He hoped such a move would receive the full cooperation and support of the Federal Government and the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Dr Rose, who officially reported for duty on 13 July, has said that efforts including increasing the doses of vaccines at vaccination centres (PPV) statewide are being implemented to speed up the immunisation rate in Sabah.
Besides this, clinical examinations had been simplified whereby only those with health issues would be given physical check-ups at the vaccination centres, to make vaccination procedures smoother.