60-year-old Syed Hassan Syed Bakar was more than happy to drive his 90-year-old neighbour, Gan Giok Hiang to her Covid-19 vaccine appointment at Kubang Kerian even though it meant travelling more than 90km for them to get to the PPV.
Syed was determined to make sure she gets vaccinated since Gan’s son in Kota Bharu was unable to take her to the assigned PPV Centre – Universiti Sains Malaysia’s health campus in Kubang Kerian.
Speaking to New Strait Times, Syed said, “I volunteered to do so. We left Rantau Panjang at 9.30am for the 45km trip (one-way) and reached the vaccination centre about 11am. Once we reached the centre, we did not have to wait long.”
Syed also said that Gan was accompanied by her niece, “Since Gan needed a wheelchair to move about, she was accompanied by her 79-year-old niece, Lim Mik [email protected] Lim Mik Wang.”
Since Lim is categorised in the high-risk group, Syed revealed that the health worker offered her to get vaccinated as well.
“Lim was lucky because the health worker offered her the vaccine since she is in the high-risk group and is a registered patient with Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital.”
Syed Hassan added that two weeks ago, his 63-year-old sister, Sharifah Zainab helped Gan register for the vaccination through the MySejahtera application.
“My sister filled in her phone number as my neighbour does not have a mobile phone and also, it is easier for anyone to call about the vaccine appointment date.
“Once my neighbour received her appointment, my sister reminded me to take her to the vaccination centre. And this is nothing new to me as I have taken my neighbours for their hospital appointments before,” he said.
Syed said he had known Gan and Lim since he was a child and they have been very helpful neighbours throughout the years.
“I have known Gan and Lim since I was a child. Whenever I needed help, one of them would step up. We have been neighbours for the longest time and it is only natural for us to help each other.”