PETALING JAYA: The B40 group should take advantage of the Peka B40 scheme to undergo health screening to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD), says Khairy Jamaluddin.
“If there’s anything that we can learn from the pandemic is that those with such diseases are the ones who face the most severe consequences from Covid-19,” the Health Minister said in a statement Sunday (June 26).
He said early detection saves lives, adding that it is very important to screen early for such diseases.
The Health Minister said a mindset change is needed to seek better health literacy and increase awareness.
Khairy called on those eligible for the Peka B40 programme to go to ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd (ProtectHealth) clinics to undergo free health screenings.
“These clinics can be identified through the Peka B40 sticker that can be seen at the entrance of the clinics,” he said.
The Peka B40 is part of an outreach programme under the National Health Screening Initiative (NHSI), which will be launched in July.
It is aimed at increasing awareness about health and the number of health screenings in Malaysia.
“The Peka B40 outreach programme today is a prelude for NHSI and once again, I encourage those who are eligible to be part of the Peka B40. Just check your eligibility by entering your identity card number www.pekab40.com.my or visit the nearest clinic registered with ProtectHealth,” he said.
Khairy, who is Rembau MP, said that 35,893 people have undergone free health screenings.
He said as of June 20, a total of 1,509 individuals in Rembau had received the first benefit of Peka B40, which is the free health screening.
He added that there are 6,105 eligible beneficiaries in Rembau who have yet to take up the scheme.
ProtectHealth chief executive officer Datuk Dr Anas Alam Faizli said that the target is to double the number of health screenings from the 200,000 last year.