KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — Selangor has allocated RM1 million in its 2022 budget to integrate the state’s health services and initiatives through SELangkah, the state’s Covid-19 management mobile application.
The Selangor state government, which focused on the digitisation agenda the previous year, is now taking a step forward by implementing the digitisation of the health care system by incorporating all public health initiatives into a single app.
“This means that, from 2022, all health services and initiatives under the state government can be accessed online through the SELangkah application to ensure more systematic and effective regulation and coordination,” Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said when tabling the state’s 2022 budget in the state legislative assembly last Friday.
Besides that, RM1 million has also been allocated to ensure the continuity of the SEHAT service, a new online mental health service under the SELangkah app, launched in September.
The “Selangor Mental Sihat” online service, which integrates SEHAT modules and functions into the SELangkah application, allows users to perform an initial screening test on their own to find out their level of mental health.
The SEHAT feature was introduced to curb mental health issues faced by Selangor people and an additional allocation will pave the way for this programme to be continued next year.
“In addition, this mental health programme has also been improved as the state government also provides special incentives for patients who need further treatment with clinical counsellors or psychiatrists.”
Amirudin, who acknowledged that Malaysia may be entering a Covid-19 endemic phase, also said that the state is preparing to encounter any possible surge in coronavirus cases.
“As we all know, the state government has always focused on the management of Covid-19 in Selangor to ensure that economic and social activities can run as usual.”
So, under Selangor’s state 2022 budget, RM500,000 has been allocated to add and diversify advocacy programmes related to Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance as well as improving the support system for patients infected with Covid-19.
For the past seven days as of November 28, the state’s Covid-19 hospital admissions trend increased by 8 per cent, with a hospital bed occupancy rate of 62 per cent, below the national average of 65 per cent.
As of November 28, the state has been reporting 1,372 Covid-19 cases daily based on a seven-day average. This also means 15 cases were reported per every 10,000 people in Selangor for the past week, exceeding the national average of 12 cases per 10,000 population.