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KLANG: In a bid to curb the surge in Covid-19 infections in the Klang Valley, the Prime Minister says he has in principle agreed to the Health Ministry’s application for a RM1.1bil allocation to enhance the capabilities of healthcare frontliners in fighting the coronavirus.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the application was made by the ministry’s secretary-general on behalf of the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force led by Health deputy director-general Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong, and the Finance Ministry had been asked to speed up the approval.

“With this, I do hope that the situation in the Klang Valley can be tackled and that the number of cases will not spike any more,” he said.

For the management of Covid-19 in the Klang Valley, Muhyiddin said an additional allocation of RM100mil had been set aside for outsourcing activities and another RM20mil for mental health management.

“Also given is an additional allocation of RM5mil to increase hospital areas in Selangor and a Covid-19 allowance of RM1,000 a month for each staff member at intensive care units,” he said.

Muhyiddin added that the government had also agreed to the setting up of a child nursery or the renting of premises for children of frontliners with an allocation of RM1.5mil and a special quarantine centre for frontliners with an allocation of RM2mil.

Muhyiddin also pointed out that Malaysia could achieve herd immunity before the end of the year as the daily Covid-19 vaccination rate surpassed 420,000 doses as of yesterday.

“This is good news because it is among the highest in the world and if we adhere to the vaccination phases, I think we can achieve the number of people that needs to be vaccinated before the end of this year and the process seems to run smoothly,” he told reporters after visiting Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) here yesterday.

For that, the Prime Minister said he had also ordered coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin to purchase any available vaccines.

“Although we have purchased a lot, delivery was delayed.

“So, if there are available supplies, or if Pharmaniaga, for example, can supply us with two or three million doses more, we will buy them.

“This is the commitment of the Perikatan Nasional government,” he said.

Yesterday, the country’s daily vaccination rate hit a record high of 421,479 doses, of which 264,034 were administered as the first dose and 157,445 as the second dose.

Muhyiddin said records showed that an increase in the vaccination rate would bring the number of new cases down, and it was hoped that it would also revive the economy.

“The steps we have taken are quite effective and I’m confident that with the support from all quarters, we will be able to overcome this problem,” he said while expressing confidence that the country would enter Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan soon.

Meanwhile, in a Facebook post, Muhyiddin said he was informed that additional ventilators had been sent to HTAR following the recent surge in Covid-19 patients in Klang.

“The hospital also informed that the bed capacity for its Covid-19 intensive care unit wards will also be increased soon, apart from the initiative to turn the housemen’s hostel and HTAR Day Care Complex into temporary wards for Covid-19 patients,” he added.

Muhyiddin also expressed appreciation to the frontliners who had worked tirelessly since the pandemic began over a year ago and prayed that they would continue to be blessed with strength and good health to continue discharging their duties.

“Thank you. Your deeds, contributions and sacrifices are priceless,” he said. — Bernama



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