Selangor Journal
Health personnel vaccinating participants of the Selangor Vaccine programme during the mobile tour at Kompleks Muhibbah Tanjung Sepat in Kuala Langat, on September 13, 2021. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

Large spending for public health, many benefits for state citizens

By Suhaila Shahrul Annuar

SHAH ALAM, Feb 28 — The Selangor government remains determined to strengthen the public health sector by allocating five per cent of the entire state budget for health purposes of the people.

Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said Selangor is also the only state that spends heavily in the sector using its own funds, in addition to receiving allocations from the federal government.

“According to the views of the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the minimum expenditure is between four to five per cent for the state budget for health sectors.

“That is why, during Covid-19 pandemic, we can do target screening, have our own vaccines and we are the only state that can buy and offer vaccines for free apart from the programme implemented by the federal government,” he said on Twitter today.

The 2023 state budget that was presented in November last year allocated RM65.6 million for the implementation of public health programmes covering aspects of prevention and treatment.

Amirudin said that the state pays serious attention to the health aspect of the people and always tries to increase the allocation for the sector every year.

Popular and free programmes include targeted Covid-19 tests, vaccines including booster doses and health screenings for early detection of various types of diseases.

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