A NEWLY introduced free medical service at low-cost housing areas in Kuala Lumpur is gaining traction among residents.
Initiated by the Federal Territories Ministry under the 5MY Programme, MyMedic@Wilayah offers free medical services to the poor living in People’s Housing Projects (PPR) in the city.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Health and Environment Department director Dr Umi Ahmad said while the service was at the beginning stage, it received good response from the community.
She said 120 patients used the mobile service during the first weekend of its introduction.
“The mobile clinic provides basic treatment and free screening to residents of different PPRs on a weekly basis.
“Doctors can carry out basic treatment for flu, fever and other minor illnesses.
“They can also screen for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and refer patients for further treatment if necessary, ” she said.
Dr Umi said the mobile clinics would visit PPRs that did not have government clinics within the premises or nearby.
She added that they also provided bedside services to residents who were unable to visit the mobile clinic.
“There are patients who are disabled or bedridden, so this is a proactive doorstep service for them, ” she said.
During its first two days of operations, the mobile clinics were stationed at PPR Pekan Kepong, PPR Beringin and PPR Pekan Batu.
The mobile clinics will operate every weekend from 9am to 1pm at 13 different locations according to a predetermined schedule.
The 5MY Programme is designed to eradicate urban poverty, besides improving the social safety net system.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the 2021 programme covered employment aspects through MYJob@ Wilayah, schooling (MYSchoolBus@Wilayah), basic necessities (MYGrocer @Wilayah), food (MYFood @Wilayah) and medicine (MYMedic@Wilayah).