Screening for seniors under welfare care

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 2,500 senior citizens and 958 staff at 17 institutions under the Social Welfare Department (JKM) will undergo Covid-19 screening.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said the screening conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health started yesterday with 200 residents and staff of Rumah Seri Kenangan Kemumin in Kelantan and Rumah Ehsan Dungun in Terengganu.

“The programme will be carried out in phases at other welfare institutions as scheduled,” she said in a statement.

The screening is being implemented on the recommendation of the Health Ministry to protect vulnerable groups such as the elderly who are at highest risk of dying if infected with Covid-19, due to their age and other chronic underlying conditions.

“The ministry is very concerned and views seriously the health of senior citizens who are in welfare homes,” Rina said. — Bernama
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