by ANIS HAZIM / pic credit: sunway.city
PROTECTHEALTH Corporation Sdn Bhd (ProtectHealth) has appointed Sunway Medical Centre as healthcare organiser (HCO) to carry out public vaccinations at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre (SPCC), the first private large-scale offered rent-free to accelerate vaccinations in Selangor.
Sunway Medical will assume the role of clinical management at SPCC vaccination centre, which was previously performed by Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah (PKD) Petaling since the centre opened its doors for vaccinations on March 10.
“Fully-trained healthcare professionals including medical doctors and nurses from Sunway Healthcare Group of hospitals and health services are mobilised and are working alongside the Selangor Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to manage the SPCC vaccination centre,” it said in a statement yesterday.
Currently, Sunway Medical manages two public vaccination centres for the Petaling district along with SunMed Convention Centre, which was repurposed as a vaccination centre for its frontline workers in March 2021.
ProtectHealth also appointed Sunway Medical as a Pusat Pemberian Vaksin Hospital Swasta (PPVHS) in Phase Two of the programme rollout for the public since May 31.
The combined doses administered at SunMed Convention Centre and SPCC will reach 3,000 doses daily, with plans to increase capacity to gradually reach up to 5,000 doses.
“Sunway Medical Centre greatly appreciates the incredible contribution from PKD Petaling district, from the inception of the mega vaccination centre in SPCC to vaccinating over 76,000 of the population in Selangor,” said Sunway Healthcare Group managing director Lau Beng Long.
Lau said that Sunway Medical continuously strives to respond swiftly to the country’s initiatives towards herd immunity.
PKD Petaling Health Officer Dato Dr Mohd Paid Bin Yusof said that they target to vaccinate 1.6 million population of the Petaling District.
“We believe that Sunway Medical Centre is able to continue the speed in getting more vaccinations done for the community during this pivotal time,” Mohd Paid said.
Meanwhile, ProtectHealth CEO Dr Anas Alam Faizli said that the participation of the private sector is critical to ensure that everyone works together to increase vaccination capacity nationwide in the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Program (NCIP).
So far, Sunway has committed more than RM50 million since March 202 to help the country battle the Covid-19 pandemic and provided its convention centre rent-free last month for 11 months to support the NCIP.
This has set the group back RM28 million in actual costs including cleaning and sanitisation costs as well as opportunity costs resulting from cancellation of prior bookings and a range of vaccination incentives in support of this national initiative.
The vaccination incentives contributed by various Sunway business divisions and Sunway Pyramid retailers include free parking, vouchers and freebies worth some RM20 million for those coming to get vaccinated in the next ten months.
For those getting vaccinated at SPCC, Sunway has set up a website that shares useful tips at https://www.sunway.city/kualalumpur/lindung-diri-lindung-semua/.