Employers to be supplied with Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits, says Saravanan

Employers to be supplied with Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits, says Saravanan
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PUTRAJAYA (Sept 6): The Ministry of Human Resources through the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) will supply Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits (RTKs) to employers to facilitate the Recovery Phase Covid-19 Screening Programme for employees.

Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said employers are responsible for coordinating the implementation of the screening process with clinics, hospitals or trained doctors of their choice.

He added the approach is that employers would be assisted to conduct tests on their employees professionally, while the government and the ministry will monitor the screening process through detailed reports.

“It is hoped that this initiative will lighten the burden of employers who now need to only bear the cost to carry out the test charged by hospitals and clinics,” he said in a statement today.

The Recovery Phase Covid-19 Screening Programme begins today, following the reopening of more economic sectors under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan.

“The programme is aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus when more sectors are reopen to revitalise the country’s economy,” he added.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the programme is available on SOCSO’s official website at www.perkeso.gov.my and the Caring Screening Programme Portal (PSP) at psp.perkeso.gov.my, while those who have further inquiries can contact SOCSO’s careline at 1-300-22-8000. 

In a separate matter, Saravanan said SOCSO had paid compensation of about RM11.7 million to workers infected with Covid-19.

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