Over 2 Million Covid-19 Care Packages Given To B40 Families

Each Covid-19 Care Package contains 4 reusable face masks, 4 self-test kits, 1 pulse oximeter, 1 thermometer, and a health pamphlet; the overall planned 3.6 million packages cost RM471.6 million.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 – The government has distributed 2,129,998 Covid-19 Care Packages (PPC) to families in the bottom 40 per cent (B40) income category as of March 10.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi, in a written parliamentary reply on March 14, that the government has allocated RM471.6 million to distribute 3.6 million PPC packages to 3.6 million B40 families, covering the cost of items, box production, packaging, and distribution to eligible recipients nationwide.

Each PPC per B40 household contains four reusable face masks, four Covid-19 self-test kits, one pulse oximeter, one thermometer, and a health pamphlet.

The government first announced distribution of the PPC on September 19, 2021, as part of preparation efforts to increase protection for B40 families as the country enters the endemic phase.

It is hoped the provision of the packages can help cut the health expenses for low-income families, improve people’s quality of life, and increase awareness in B40 groups on the importance of keeping their families free from Covid-19.

Correction: This article was corrected to specify that the RM471.6 million allocation covered 3.6 million PPC packages for 3.6 million B40 households, not that the RM471.6 million covered 2.1 million packages.

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