Private hospital PPVs in Klang Valley to cease operations this month

by S BIRRUNTHA / Pic by BERNAMA

PRIVATE hospitals in the Klang Valley will cease operations as public vaccination centres (PPVs) this month in line with instructions from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

Association of Private Hospitals (APHM) president Dr Kuljit Singh said this would be applicable to vaccine centres within the private hospitals as well as private hospitals’ participation in mega PPVs which have also been directed to be ended.

“APHM wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Health with the organisation done by ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd and Ministry of Science, Innovative and Technology in giving us this opportunity to vaccinate close to 1.5 million complete doses to the citizens and non-citizens of Malaysia.

“The experience of providing service in this vaccination programme has been truly rewarding,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Kuljit noted that private hospitals will abide by all policies and directions given by the government in the process of vaccination and managing this pandemic.

He said at any time, private hospitals would give their support as requested by the government and would not question or dispute the arrangements made by all the government stakeholders.

According to Dr Kuljit, private hospitals will now focus on enhancing vaccination and decanting patients into private hospitals outside of the Klang Valley, as they have successfully accepted close to 2,000 decanted patients in the Klang Valley to-date.

He added that selected private hospitals would now have private vaccination for those who require them at their request and also to be prepared in the event that booster doses are needed in the future.

“Our plea is to have a wider range of vaccine types made available to the paying patients which will further strengthen the herd immunity.

“This will decrease the hesitancy when the public is given a choice to pick the type of vaccine,” he noted.

On another note, the CITF had announced that the involvement of private general practitioners (GPs) in the future will be considered in ensuring the continuity of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) after PPVs cease to operate.

It said the need to reduce the number of PPVs in the Klang Valley, including the involvement of GPs, was due to the completion of the Operation Surge Capacity (OSC) on Aug 1 to control the Covid-19 outbreak in the area.

Following the completion of OSC, 12 PPVs in the Klang Valley have ceased operation as of Aug 22 and another 21 PPVs will be shut down between yesterday and Aug 29.

Of the 32 PPVs that have been closed, seven are public PPVs.

Therefore, CITF said the claim that GPs’ involvement for NCIP will be stopped is inaccurate and instead it is only considered based on current needs.

“CITF deeply appreciates the services rendered by the GPs under the NCIP which has resulted in Malaysia becoming among the countries with the highest daily vaccination rate per capita in the world.

“CITF takes into account several factors, such as the capacity of PPVs, the number of people who need to be inoculated and the vaccine supply, for the NCIP operations,” it said in a statement last Sunday.

Additionally, CITF also noted that GPs accounted for approximately 5% of the total injections given during the implementation period of the OSC.

As of Aug 21, about 107.7% of the adult population in Klang Valley have received at least one dose of vaccine and this included undocumented and non-resident foreigners.

In the meantime, CITF informed that new requirements such as booster doses, vaccination for adolescents (12 to 17-year-olds), as well as vaccination for new registrants will be finalised from time to time.