BY: Michelle Liew
A 100-year-old woman was among the earliest recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine at the newly opened PPV centre in Kecil Sook District, Keningau, Sabah, yesterday.
Kuyinin Balansing, who hails from Kampung Kabatang Baru, Tulid, was among the 78 people to get vaccinated after attending a non-communicable disease appointment session at the Klinik Kesihatan Sook.
Her presence garnered great attention of the PPV staff, who proceeded to upload her picture to Facebook, as a sign of encouragement for more people to get vaccinated. The post attracted positive reaction from netizens.
Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Ellron Angin was quoted by Harian Metro saying that the opening of the PPV was one of the government’s proactive measures to ensure that the rural population was vaccinated as soon as possible.
“The opening of the PPV will make it easier for people from rural areas to receive vaccines, besides enabling the rural community to get authentic information on vaccination programs.”
The opening of the PPV at the Sook Community Hall facilitates vaccine recipients from around the sub-district and the Tulid State Assembly. This means that they do not have to go to the PPV in Keningau town which is about 40km away.
Sook and Tulid are governed by the Pensiangan Parliament within the rural areas of Sabah. Many residents live in remote villages and are still facing communication problems.