QuickCheck: Are senior citizens being baited to buy health supplements with a blood screening campaign?


IT WAS RECENTLY reported that the elderly are being baited with blood screening campaigns in the Klang Valley, which are actually a ruse to convince them to buy health supplements. Is this actually happening?

Verdict:

TRUE

The Health Ministry will carry out an immediate investigation of allegations that a fake blood screening campaign is trying to push health products on senior citizens, said Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said the ministry would work with the police to track down the parties involved.

"Any campaign, if identified to be fake, must be immediately investigated and the appropriate action taken. Legal action is under the jurisdiction of the police.

"We do not want the people, especially the elderly, to become victims and be deceived by such campaigns," he told reporters at the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers' Aidilfitri open house at Seri Perdana here May 8.

Khairy was commenting on a special report by a local newspaper about the activities of direct sales agents who organised blood screening campaigns in the Klang Valley allegedly aimed at convincing the elderly to buy health supplements.

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