KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 – Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today announced “new and improved” features on MySejahtera beyond its current function as a Covid tracker app.
Khairy said MySejahtera’s Hotspot Tracker feature used previously to detect hotspots for Covid-19 cases, is now used as an Infectious Disease Tracker to detect hotspots for other diseases such as rabies, measles, hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD), and dengue.
“These hotspots will be determined based on the number of active cases in the area for each infectious disease,” Khairy told reporters in a press briefing today.
Khairy said while MySejahtera check-ins will no longer required from May 1, he urged the public to activate their MySJ Trace for contact tracing and to use the improved features when they return to their hometowns for Hari Raya, visit their relatives or go on holidays.
The minister, however, didn’t specify when the features will be made available on the app.
“This is a proactive step to avoid visiting risky areas with high incidence of infectious disease transmission, especially for people who are both at high risk and have comorbidities,” Khairy said.
“I also highly recommend community groups to use this function to help control the spread of infectious diseases within their residential and communal areas by conducting various clean up (gotong royong) activities,” Khairy added.
Khairy today rejected the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) request for the government to postpone formalising any financial contract with private companies over MySejahtera until July.
He said last April 14 that MOH was at the final stages of negotiations with MySJ Sdn Bhd for the direct award of the MySejahtera contract.