KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — About 6,000 people have undergone health screenings under the Peka B40 programme for the poor, Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said.
The Star quoted him as saying that the Ministry of Health (MOH) hoped to get 800,000 Malaysians from the bottom 40 per cent (B40) aged 50 and above to take up the Peka B40 health screenings this year after the launch of the programme last month.
“The response towards the programme is encouraging. There was a clinic that did the test for 360 patients in less than a month,” Dr Lee reportedly said in Ipoh yesterday.
He said about 1,000 doctors from the private sector have joined the programme to provide free health screenings.
The Peka B40 pilot programme provides free health screenings like blood and urine tests to check blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as breast and prostate exams for women and men; aid to purchase medical devices; incentives to complete cancer treatment at MOH hospitals; and transport aid to get treatment at MOH hospitals.