MMA: 482 private clinics registered under Socso Covid-19 RTK-AG screening programme, more to be listed soon

MMA: 482 private clinics registered under Socso Covid-19 RTK-AG screening programme, more to be listed soon
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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 4): There are now a total of 482 clinics registered with the Covid-19 rapid test kit antigen (RTK-AG) screening programme under the Social Security Organisation (Socso), located in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pulau Pinang, Labuan and Sabah, according to the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).

More clinics in other states will also be added to the list soon, it said.

As such, employers can now visit the website to access the list of participating clinics and book appointments with the general practitioners (GPs) for the mandatory Covid-19 screening of foreign workers.

"The MMA welcomes this public-private healthcare initiative to screen the country's foreign worker population and looks forward to more ways of working together in the future.

"We wish to thank the government for its move to provide the point of care RTK-AG test kits to the clinics at free of charge through Socso and urge all GPs to charge reasonably for their professional services in conducting the swab tests," MMA president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said in a statement today.

MMA advised all employers to refer to the participating clinics listed on the Socso website to ensure that the swab tests are performed by clinics registered under the Covid-19 screening programme.

It also advised all employers to work with the registered clinics on planning the screening of their foreign workers.

"For businesses with a large foreign workforce, it will be more practical to conduct the screening on-site. Smaller businesses located in the same area may also combine to have the tests conducted together at a designated area near their workplace. Employers may also need to work with the municipal authorities on permission to use common public areas," Subramaniam suggested.

Bernama previously reported that the Human Resources Ministry would collaborate with the Health Ministry to carry out targeted Covid-19 screening of foreign workers in the red zones with a high population of foreign workers from Dec 1.

Yesterday, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that a total of 888,000 foreign workers, who were identified in high-risk areas, were required to undergo Covid-19 screening under this order.

Lam Jian Wyn