By Sheeda Fathil
SHAH ALAM, March 24 — Approximately 903 tuberculosis patients in Selangor have been provided with RM800 in aid in the past year, to encourage them to complete their treatments.
State executive councillor for public health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the incentives are paid out in stages during the course of the recipient’s treatment, to ease their financial burdens.
The aid can be applied for by any patient who is a resident of Selangor and is being treated at hospitals, health clinics, and private medical centres around the Klang Valley.
“This aid can help to gently alleviate the burden of treatment costs incurred, as well as enduring that patients complete all sessions at the hospital,” she said in a Facebook post.
Since 2020, the state government has provided a special financial incentive for tuberculosis patients, with a RM2 million allocation.
RM200 in assistance money is given in the first two months, followed by the next two months with RM200, and the final treatment with RM400.
Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud called upon any individuals or those with family members experiencing tuberculosis to apply for the incentive, as the ailment can be treated or even avoided.
“Patients with the discipline of following the doctor’s advice and treatment will find it possible for the community to progress towards a tuberculosis-free era.
“Please ensure your loved ones are protected from the dangers of tuberculosis. Seek immediate treatment if your family members manifest its symptoms,” she said.
Members of the public looking for more information may visit www.selangorprihatin.com/insentifrawatantibi, or contact the 24-hour call centre at 1800-22-6600.