Vaccination team reaches out to rural residents

Adib Noor & James Kon

The second mobile vaccination service at Kampong Menunggol held yesterday brought the Sultanate closer to the goal of the National Vaccination Programme – vaccination rate of 80 per cent.

“As of midday, 48 residents of Kampong Menunggol were vaccinated, 26 at the mosque and 12 at their homes,” Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said during the daily press conference yesterday.

The mobile vaccination service at Kampong Menunggol Mosque from 10am to 2.30pm targetted residents of the village as well as the wider community.

“The flow of people coming forward has been constant, with people queueing up to be inoculated before 10am,” said Mobile Vaccination Team Nationwide Officer in-Charge Dr Maimunah binti Haji Mokim.

“We targetted 60 to 70 people and at the same time, we also deployed one team to go to those physically unable to get to the mosque,” she added. The mobile vaccination clinic was opened to residents of Kampong Menunggol and Kampong Bolkiah ‘B’.

“In terms of logistics, we could only access the village by boat, which was the same mode of transport for equipment from our base at the Indoor Stadium,” Dr Maimunah said.

“Most villagers said they wished they could have been vaccinated earlier, but were unable to do so for a number of reasons, and among them being transportation and accessibility,” she added.

Residents of Kampong Menunggol and Kampong Bolkiah B receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the mobile vaccination service set up at the vicinity of Kampong Menunggol Mosque yesterday.
A resident gets his COVID-19 vaccine. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
ABOVE & BELOW: Muhammad Hafiq bin Haji Alihan; and Officer In-Charge of Mobile Vaccination Team Nationwide Dr Maimunah binti Haji Mokim

“So far, we feel it has been very rewarding. Although some might say the number of people being vaccinated is small, we are reaching a specific pocket of the population – the vulnerable – including those that are bed-ridden,” she said.

Dr Maimunah said the mobile vaccination team will visit the village in four weeks to administer the second vaccination.

Resident Muhammad Hafiq bin Haji Alihan said he was hesitant of the vaccine at first, but decided to step forward after being informed that the mobile vaccination service was taking place at his village.

“Most of my family members have been vaccinated. Since the vaccination clinic was at my village, there was no reason for me not to get vaccinated. So I decided to get inoculated with my friends,” he said.

According Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham, the mobile COVID-19 vaccination service will be conducted at the Lamunin Health Centre, Tutong for Mukim Lamunin residents and the local community today from 9am to 2.30pm, and October 20- 21.

The service will also be conducted at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Health Centre in Kampong Sungai Asam on October 22 and 24 from 9am to 2.30pm.

Meanwhile, the vaccination service to homes will be carried out October 23, according to the list by the village head.

The minister reminded residents wishing to be inoculated to bring their identification card or passport as well as Bru-HIMS card or number.

Those unable to attend on their own due to health problems can register or be registered through their village head for vaccination arrangements at their home.