KEPONG: More rural folk will be able to obtain health and counselling services with the addition of mobile family centres using buses.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the five buses to be used by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) in Johor, Kedah, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak would enable the people to receive the needed health services.
“We understand how difficult it is for those in the interior to go to the city for health checks,” she told reporters yesterday after the “1Malaysia Mobile Family Centres” key presentation ceremony here.
The new buses with improved engines can access roads with rough terrain and have advanced lift ramps for the wheelchair-bound to enter the buses.
LPPKN targets to serve at least 500 people per month at each mobile family centres.
Shahrizat said the programme was part of her ministry’s National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) task to reach low-income households.
“When we talk about this group, it’s not just their economy we should be concerned about. Their health should not be taken for granted either,” she added.
She said the modified buses were equipped with health screening and even emotional counselling facilities, adding that family planning and blood checks were the other services provided.
Shahrizat said with the additional units, the LPPKN now had a total of six mobile family centres. The first and only bus had been going all over the country and provided services to 53,300 participants since its launch in 2006.