The cause of the relatively low Covid-19 vaccination registration rate in Negeri Sembilan has been determined. The cause is poor Internet coverage. This is because registration for the vaccine in Malaysia is to be done online by way of the MySejahtera mobile application.
The areas of Negeri Sembilan which have most struggled with Internet coverage are rural areas located in the districts of Jempol, Jelebu, and Kuala Pilah. According to Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, the state’s Menteri Besar, most of the affected areas are villages primarily populated by Orang Asli.
After finding out about this information, the district officers and Village Community Management Council (MPKK) received specific instructions. These instructions ensure that people in areas without much Internet access can register for vaccination.
Speaking to reporters after the State Executive Council’s weekly meeting in Seremban, Aminuddin said, “We have also informed the Orang Asli community to discuss with the Orang Asli Development Department to form a mobile team to facilitate registration and vaccination for the group.”
Covid-19 and Vaccinations in Negeri Sembilan
Thus far, a total of 361,085 individuals who live in Negeri Sembilan have registered for a Covid-19 vaccination. This figure represents around 42.5% of all people in the state who are eligible for the vaccine.
Among all of Malaysia’s states, Negeri Sembilan currently ranks sixth with regard to the number of Covid-19 cases. As of Apr 5, Covid-19 cases in the state totalled 17,390. This figure was 389 short of the cumulative tally of Sarawak thus far.
Last month, the state government of Negeri Sembilan openly considered the possibility of using the Nilai Indoor Stadium as a Vaccine Dispensing Centre (PPV). Supposedly, the state government will use the stadium as a vaccination venue. It will do so during the third phase of the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme.
According to Datuk Dr Razali bin Ab Malik, the secretary of the state’s government, such a move would do much to assist the national government in its implementation of the programme. On this matter, he added, “(The) Negeri Sembilan Health Department (JKNS) is still studying the suitability of the location. If (the stadium) is approved to be used as a PPV, all preparations will be done under the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) at the Negeri Sembilan-level.”
Dr Razali also called upon residents of the state to register for vaccination. He reminded them to do so by any means possible.
15th April 2021 14:53
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