Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin made a surprise visit to Kajang Hospital today.
Ministry officials confirmed the matter with the New Straits Times, saying that Khairy spent an hour looking at the conditions at the healthcare facility and meet with staff and personnel.
A medical officer, Dr Khairul Hafidz (@khairul_hafidz) took to Twitter sharing the minister's surprise visit to the hospital on a weekend.
"Spotted in Hospital Kajang. This is what we call a real surprise visit. Some of the staff would surely have had their hearts 'pop out of their chest' seeing the minister arriving for the visit. Good job YB @Khairykj," he wrote.
People in the Klang Valley remained cautious about going to public places despite the government's decision to shift Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya into Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
Checks at a mall and transportation hub here did not find large crowds despite the green light on inter-district travels in the region.
At Nu Sentral, members of the public could be seen slowly returning to the mall. Among them was Nurulhidayah Nasruddin, 27, who just completed her second dose of AstraZeneca three weeks ago.
"It's good to be able to visit the mall after months of staying home due to restrictions of movement," she said.
The vaccination outreach programme will be implemented again for residents who have been left behind in getting their Covid-19 vaccine in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, said Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.
He said the focus would be on areas which have recorded over 500 positive cases in the last two weeks, especially at the People’s Housing Project (PPR) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)housing areas.
“Should cases hit 500 in the area, we will send a vaccination mobile unit there. So, city dwellers aged 18 and above who have not received their vaccine can immediately go to the outreach location later.
The government will look into moving the Klang Valley to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Prime Minister said that the Cabinet and the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access (JKJAV) will discuss the matter.
He said this is because 89.5% of the adult population in the Klang Valley have received their second dose of vaccine, which is more than the target rate of 80%.
"When we have a Cabinet meeting with the JKJAV, we will look in detail about transitioning into the next phase.
Police are keeping a close eye on the Bukit Jalil National Stadium vaccination centre (PPV) to ensure that things are smooth following a large turnout.
Cheras district police chief Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Idzam Jaafar said police have increased its personnel from 38 to 78 including seven traffic units to manage the sizeable crowd.
"Based on observation as early as 9.30am, the attendance was well over 18,000, whereas the vaccine recipients should only be for 12,000.
"We ordered others to leave the area," he said in a statement today.
Klang MP Charles Santiago has said that an estimated 35 per cent of his constituency’s adult population remain unvaccinated despite claims by the government that a majority of those aged 18 and above in the Klang Valley have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
His comments come after the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) yesterday announced the closure of five vaccination centres (PPVs) in Klang by August 23, which according to Charles leaves only one vaccination centre in Klang open: the Wyndham Hotel PPV.
“The argument for closure is that vaccination rates in Klang have exceeded the first dose 90 per cent requirement. We offer an alternative view to this,” he said in a statement today.
The Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR) in Klang welcomes donations from the public especially of oxygen concentrator devices to tackle the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases at the hospital.
Its director, Dr Zulkarnain Mohd Rawi, said such donations would be very much appreciated to help the patients and ease the burden of the frontliners.
"Without these contributions, we will surely be handicapped in assisting Covid-19 patients," he said when contacted by Bernama today.
The Selangor government is targeting to fully vaccinate one million industrial workers registered under the Selangor Vaccination Programme (Selvax) by October.
State Housing, Urban Well-being and Entrepreneur Development Rodziah Ismail said Selvax was one of the state government’s efforts to speed up the vaccination process by identifying target groups (Selvax Community) and retaining employees (Selvax Industry).
“To date, a total of 89,653 workers from 52,000 companies have been vaccinated under Selvax Industry.
“Priority is given to industries that are risky, essential, have many workers as well as small and medium enterprises that produce essential products with less than 200 employees,” she told reporters at the Batu Tiga Selvax Community Programme at the De Palma Hotel vaccination centre (PPV) here today.
Some 71.9 per cent of the adult population (aged 18 and above) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday.
Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin, said this was in line with the Operation Surge Capacity which targeted injections of 211,000 to 275,000 doses daily for residents in the Klang Valley since last July 21 until August 1.
“Through this injection rate, the overall target is to give at least one dose to all adults in the Klang Valley before or on August 1,” he said at the daily press conference on the national immunisation programme with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba here today.
A total of 516 oxygen concentrators will be placed at Hall A and Hall C of the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) 2.0 in Serdang, where category three and four Covid-19 patients are being treated.
MAEPS PKRC 2.0 director Dr Shahabuddin Ibrahim said the move was in preparation of patients' increasing need for oxygen.
He said currently 1,670 patients are being treated at MAEPS PKRC 2.0, of whom, 1,300 patients are under category three and over 200 under category four.
The Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR) in Klang is set to receive two more containers from the Ministry of Health (MOH) to keep the expected increase in the number of bodies of dead Covid-19 patients in Selangor.
HTAR director Dr Zulkarnain Mohd Rawi said that with the additional two containers, the hospital would now have four containers to be used as morgues, including one donated by the central MIC and one more owned by its Forensic Department, which could keep a total of 120 bodies.
“With the four containers, as well as the existing facilities at the Forensic Department, we are able to keep an estimated 150 bodies,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has advised the public in Selangor to choose the nearest Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) so as to avoid congestion at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam.
He tweeted that there are 12 more CACs in the state that the public could go to, including one each in the Klang and Hulu Selangor districts as well as 10 in the Gombak district.
Based on the infographic shared, the CAC in the Klang district is located at Dewan Sukan Klang (Dewan Sri Andalas) while the one in Hulu Selangor is at Klinik Desa Ulu Yam Lama.
The CACs in the Gombak district are at the health clinics in Kuang; Batu 8; AU2; Hulu Kelang; Taman Ehsan; Batu Arang; Sungai Buloh; Selayang Baru; Rawang; and Gombak Setia.