Tuesday, October 3

MP: Number of Peka B40 participants in Miri still very low


Dr Teo (seated, centre) and Dr Hayati, on his right, join the participants of the Peka B40 programme in a group photo at Tudan Phase 5.

MIRI: About 10,000 eligible Mirians have yet to register for Peka B40, observes Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng.

According to him, the number of those who have registered is very low even though the federal government has announced the health programme set to benefit those from the poor and low-income households.

“Peka B40 is a health programme by the federal government to help the low-income group (B40) so that they don’t have to pay huge amounts of money for healthcare,” Dr Teo said after launching ‘Program Sentuhan Kasih Pendaftaran Peka B40’ at Tudan Phase 5 yesterday.

Present were Miri Hospital health officer Dr Hayati Ahmad and Miri PKR Youth chairman Steve Teo.

Dr Teo also called upon those who had not registered with Peka B40 to do so at any of the 16 appointed clinics in Miri,

They could also check their eligibility for the programme by accessing the Peka B40 website (https://www.pekab40.com.my).

He regarded the Peka B40 programme as ‘a new health insurance programme’ introduced by Pakatan Harapan-led federal government to help the needy folk, specifically the B40 group, to go for medical check-ups such as those for checking blood pressure and cholesterol level, as well as diabetes and other medical screenings.

Citing an example, he said an eligible participant in need of cataract surgery, could claim the expenses under the Peka B40 programme.

Dr Teo said he would organise and run more awareness programmes to ensure that more eligible participants would turn up at the appointed clinics to register for the programme and do their health screening.

He said they could also go to Tudan Clinic and Dr Teo’s Clinic to do their health screening.

About 50 residents in Tudan were present to register the Peka B40 programme.