Primary Health Care, Training on Communicable Diseases to Immigration Officers and Hygiene Kits Distribution in Immigration Depot

Project Primary Health Care, Training on Communicable Diseases to Immigration Officers and Hygiene Kits Distribution in Immigration Depot
Objectives

To raise primary health care awareness among the community in immigration depot

Project Partners NA
Activities

• Basic first aids training and Introduction to communicable diseases to Immigration Officers • Hygiene kits distribution

Locations Kuching and Miri
Period • Kuching: 4 December 2011 • Miri: 10 December 2011
Accomplishments

30 detainees and 31 Immigration Officers from 2 depots benefitted from this programme

Funded by UMW Holdings Bhd

BACKGROUND

Sarawak has a huge population of illegal immigrants. As reported by the Sarawak Immigration Department in 2011, there are about 100,000 illegal immigrants working in Sarawak in various sectors. As such two immigration depots were built in Miri and Kuching with the capacity to hold 600 inmates each at one time.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

Realising the importance of health care in Immigration Depots, MERCY Malaysia took the initiative to hold two sessions of primary health care and hygiene kits distributions in two different locations in Sarawak. The programme is beneficial to the immigration officers who were given training on first-aid as well as on how to identify and handle safely detainees with the suspected diseases. This in turn could resulting curtailing the diseases from spreading among the detainees and officers. MERCY Malaysia also provided primary health checkup to detainees. In total, 30 detainees and 31 immigration officers from two depots received primary health
checkup.