We Are Ready For Endemic Covid-19 Phase – States The Orang Asli Community

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  • The majority of Orang Asli people, although living in rural areas, are always aware of current events, states Acai Kadir of Kampung Punan Tok Batin.

  • COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among the villagers is getting better lately. The percentage of those who agree to be vaccinated is also increasing.

We Are Ready For Endemic Covid-19 Phase – States The Orang Asli Community

The district’s Orang Asli community is prepared to tackle COVID-19’s endemic phase, but they want the government to keep delivering information on a regular basis, including through online platforms like Google Meet. Acai Kadir of Kampung Punan Tok Batin believes that the government should constantly ensure that the community has access to critical information, particularly in this endemic time. “The (Orang Asli) community is supportive of the immunisation campaign, and the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) should provide more information."

“The world has advanced in recent years, with the internet and other technological advancements. JAKOA and MOH, in my opinion, should offer precise information on a regular basis so that the community is not left in the dark “He told Bernama during a recent meeting at Sekolah Kebangsaan Punan here for the COVID-19 National Immunization Programme for Mersing district.

He stated that the information provided by the agencies involved must be up to date, as the majority of Orang Asli people, although living in rural areas, are always aware of current events.

“If possible, we want more online discussions rather than offline. Since the pandemic hit (the country), meetings or discussions are often disrupted, maybe we can do it via Google Meet as COVID-19 cases in the country are still high," he said.

Acai stated that some information is now channelled through WhatsApp applications and outreach programmes to avoid receiving incorrect information from irresponsible parties.

Meanwhile, according to Mersing JAKOA officer Nor Faizzi Sulaiman, a total of 714 Orang Asli individuals in the district had gotten the first dosage of the vaccine as of September 20, with 295 people having received the full vaccination.

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“Those who are eligible to be vaccinated are 1,043 people and the number of those who have been vaccinated is high," he said.

In the government’s attempts to prepare for the endemic phase next month, he continued, the community immunisation process would be carried out on a continual basis.

“COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among the villagers is getting better lately. The percentage of those who agree to be vaccinated is also increasing. Previously, they rejected the vaccine because of misinformation.

“With the help of volunteers, JAKOA officers went from house to house and we managed to increase the percentage of vaccine willingness which shows the effectiveness of the outreach programmes," he said.

During the two-day event, 95 workers from Mersing’s health office, district office, JAKOA and Land Office, as well as NGOs, administered vaccines to 336 Orang Asli from the Jakun tribe in Kampung Orang Asli Tewowoh, Kampung Punan, and Kampung Peta.

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