The Selangor state government announced that they will be giving out free COVID-19 home assessment tools to help patients who are self-isolating at home
In a statement yesterday, 9 June, Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari announced that the initiative is part of Pakej Kita Selangor 2.0, where the state government has allocated RM551.56 million to benefit at least 1.6 million residences.
According to CodeBlue, during a press conference, the Menteri Besar said that the home assessment tool will help COVID-19 patients under home quarantine to assess their health condition with assistance from a district health officer through the SELangkah app.
He explained, "This will help alleviate the congestion at COVID-19 Assessment Centres and district health clinics while applying the 'support' element in the 'find-trace-test-isolate-support system' (FTTIS) framework mooted by the World Health Organization (WHO)."
The kit will include KN95 face masks, a thermometer, pulse oximeter, medication, and a saliva-based test kit
A pulse oximeter measures one's oxygen saturation level so that they will be able to detect dangerously low oxygen levels in the blood before feeling physically out of breath, which is a symptom of deterioration with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the saliva-based test kit uses deep-throat saliva samples to test for COVID-19.
The Star reported that the test kit has been approved for use by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is now being sold by MyEG Services.
The state government will also proceed with phase three of Selangor's COVID-19 mass testing programme, aiming to test 100,000 more people for free
In the same statement, they also announced that the state government will be launching the Selangor COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (SCVP) with an allocation of RM200 million to obtain vaccines so herd immunity can be achieved quicker.
Read the full statement here:
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