Selangor Journal
The Covid-19 self-test kit that uses saliva samples — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINII

Federal government emulates Selangor in providing home-test kits

SHAH ALAM, Sept 20 — The Selangor government’s initiative to provide self-test kits to Covid-19 patients has been emulated by the Federal government, says Menteri Besar.

Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the recent announcement made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to do the same has proved the state government’s efforts in tackling Covid-19 work.

“The Selangor government welcomes this announcement. In July, through the Kita Selangor Package 2.0, the state government started to provide a Health Assessment Kit to close contacts and Covid-19 positive families.

“The kit contains an oximeter and a face mask. Recently, the state government also announced the provision of free self-test kits to 60,000 individuals in Selangor,” he said via Facebook yesterday.

Also yesterday, Ismail Sabri announced the Covid-19 Care Package (PPC) which is expected to benefit about 3.6 million B40 households and prepare them for the endemic phase of the virus.

The Prime Minister said the PPC aid, made through an allocation of more than RM471.6 million, will include four reusable face masks and four Covid-19 self-test kits, among other items, for each household.

On August 12, Amirudin said the Selangor government distributed 60,000 free Covid-19 self-test kits to the families of victims who tested positive for Covid-19.

He said the kits were distributed through the Community Service Centres and the Coordinating Offices of each state constituency.

The kits were first distributed on September 3 to the Bandar Utama, Seri Setia, Kota Damansara, Taman Templer and Subang Jaya state constituencies, with each receiving 1,000 units each.

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