UniKL BMI Serves as Covid-19 PPV
Assoc Prof Dr. Kushsairy Abdul Kadir, Dean of UniKL British Malaysian Institute in Gombak.
Members of the public are attended by frontliners at the UniKL BMI Covid-19 Vaccination Dispensing Centre.
Universiti Kuala Lumpur British Malaysian Institute (UniKL BMI) is among the Vaccine Dispensing Centre (PPV) in facilitating the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
The UniKL BMI vaccine centre in Gombak began operations on Thursday, 29 July 2021 and is expected to continue until December 2021. Selangor State Assemblyman for Gombak Setia YB Muhammad Hilman Idham paid a visit to the vaccination centre on the first day of operations while Selangor Menteri Besar YAB Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari made a brief tour at the centre on August 1.
During the visit, Datuk Seri Amirudin was briefed on the procedures at the PPV from the registration counters, inoculation process and the discharge station by Eamy Mokhtar, the Chief Assistant District Officer (Rural Development) from the Gombak District Officer.
Kuala Lumpur Medical Clinic is the Health Care Organiser of the UniKL BMI Vaccine Centre.
Unlike most PPV’s which were overwhelmed by hundreds of people, the UniKL BMI centre saw a calm and steady stream of people who came as early as 8 am. The PPV operates from Monday to Sunday (8 am – 8 pm).
The first day of operation saw a total of 425 people receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine. Senior citizens who have yet to get their Covid-19 shots can now walk-in at the vaccination centre. The daily vaccination numbers are expected to increase in the next couple of days.
Assoc Prof Dr. Kushsairy Abdul Kadir, the Dean of UniKL BMI, said the campus is honoured to serve as a PPV in the Gombak District in the government’s efforts to flatten the curve amid the rapid rise in the nation’s number of infections
“UniKL BMI is the first MARA education institution to be selected as a PPV and we are deeply honoured to participate in the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme. It is also in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility to ensure that the community in Gombak District and other areas are served well at our centre,” said Assoc Prof Dr. Kushsairy who regularly engages in discussions with the medical team, non-medical staff, officials from the Gombak District Office, RELA, Malaysian Civil Defence Force (Angkatan Pertahanan Awam), and other frontliners on any shortcomings.
“I understand that the medical team have targeted 1,000 people for daily doses after the first week of vaccination. We had a trial run just before the
opening of the PPV and things have been going smoothly,” he said. “The facilities here are conducive for such a programme. This centre has the capacity of administering 1,000 doses per day and we adhere to the highest level of SOP throughout the day,” he added.
Assoc Prof Dr. Kushsairy also disclosed that several postgraduate students from the UniKL BMI campus had volunteered their service at the PPV and will be called upon in due time.
Meanwhile, Dr Ghauri Ghandi, a senior medical officer from the Ministry of Health, supervises the vaccination programme at the centre with the assistance of Hishammuddin Yope Ismail from the Gombak District Office and eight medical officers, said the going has been smooth on the first day.
“There are a total of 70 frontliners working for 12 hours inside the PPV to ensure a smooth flow. Mandatory safety precautions include physical distancing of at least one metre between individuals, temperature and MySejahtera scanning at the main entrance,” said Dr Ghauri.
She added that apart from MOH, and Gombak District Office, several Non-Government Organisations have also come on board in serving the PPV such as providing ambulance services.
A senior citizen who prefers to remain anonymous said he arrived with his eldest son at 10 am and was relieved and grateful that he has received his first dose of the vaccine.
“I did not have to wait long to get my vaccination. It was fast and a great relief. The staff here including RELA and APM were very helpful and polite. Senior citizens like me were told to drive through and I got off from the car in front of the vaccine centre,” said the 63-year-old gentleman who resides near the vicinity of the UniKL BMI campus.
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