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ProtectHealth aims to screen 11,818 Penangites under PeKa B40 Scheme in 2022

GEORGE TOWN, June 21 (Bernama) — ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd targets to screen at least 11,818 people in Penang under its programme called Skim Peduli Kesihatan untuk Golongan B40 (Peka B40) for 2022. 

In a statement, ProtectHealth said this target would contribute to the national target this year, which is to screen at least 200,000 beneficiaries under the scheme compared with 101,673 screenings done last year.

Pursuant to this, ProtectHealth urges eligible Penangites who are in the bottom 40 per cent (B40) group, to utilise the PeKa B40 scheme, enabling them to undergo free health screening and enjoy other health benefits including health aid (HA), completing cancer treatment incentive (CCTI) and transport incentive (TI).

ProtectHealth chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Anas Alam Faizli said early detection could save lives and he encouraged all eligible beneficiaries in Penang, who are entitled for the PeKa B40 scheme, to visit the nearest clinic and undergo the free health screening.

“If there is anything that we can learn from the pandemic is that those with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) face the most severe consequences from COVID-19.

“As such, it is very important to screen early and have a mindset change to seeking better health literacy and increasing awareness. Furthermore, our nation is now in the endemicity phase, and there is nothing to prevent Penangites from being screened as all the machinery have been established,” he added.

Currently in Penang, the PeKa B40 scheme is supported by 177 general practitioners, 27 government health clinics (klinik kesihatan), eight government hospitals and 15 pathology labs.

— BERNAMA



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