Sunday, September 22

Dzulkefly: 800,000 M’sians to benefit from PeKa B40 scheme

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Dr Dzulkefly (centre) launches the PeKa B40 healthcare scheme watched by his deputy Dr Lee Boon Chye (second left) and others. — Bernama photo

PUTRAJAYA: About 800,000 Malaysians aged 50 years and older from the B40 group will benefit from the RM100-million PeKa B40 healthcare scheme to be implemented in stages, beginning March.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the scheme would include health screenings, medical care benefits, incentives to complete cancer treatment as well as transport incentives.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the scheme here yesterday, he said the Health Ministry will work with selected private clinics and laboratories to conduct the health screenings.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry was currently focused on health screenings for those aged 50 years and above to avoid any complicated health issues and high costs resulting from late diagnosis. — Bernama