MIRI (June 3): The federal government has been asked to remove red tape and existing cords in the 7,000 private general practitioner (GP) clinics to accelerate the deployment of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program (NIP) .
Miri’s MP Dr Michael Teo, who made the call, said this given the country’s dire situation with Covid-19.
“We are the most affected in the world – we have 205 people per million infected with Covid-19 while India has only 150 people per million affected.
“The government must remove the ‘obstacles’ to the membership of general practitioners in the country by removing bureaucracy. They (general practitioners) are already professionally trained in handling vaccinations from the start and they should receive adequate doses of the vaccine.
“Private clinics have been vaccinating for many years without any problem. Why all these problems now? He asked.
Dr Teo said that the MySejahtera app is slow and cumbersome compared to the registration practices of the manual GP registration system, and these vaccination centers (PPVs) can report their daily vaccination order by logging in. online at the Ministry of Health.
“This can be proven by registering MySejahtera at the clinic. “
The MP has already advocated for walk-in vaccination in clinics or other places, similar to what is done in the US, UK and China, which he says are more effective than mega PPVs which could take seven to 10 days to deliver 8,000 single doses.
Private clinics also have the advantage of having qualified physicians, being located closer to their patients, and having their patients’ medical records, particularly regarding allergies, said Dr Teo.
“They can open at any time to deal with allergic reactions, if any, in addition to being able to schedule appointments and answer questions.”
He also suggested that clinics be reimbursed later by the government for purchases of daily or weekly vaccines from public hospitals that are to be given to patients free of charge.
Recently, the president of the Federation of Private Physician Associations of Malaysia, Dr Steven Chow, reportedly said that by using the country’s 7,000 GPs and thousands of clinics, each could easily immunize up to 50 patients per day. and, if done with private hospitals, would see a large number of people vaccinated in a very short time.
Dr Chow had also called for the removal of red tape surrounding the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, saying: “General practitioners have administered vaccines long before the birth of some of our ministers.”