Socso estimates 60,000 tests this week as it sees sharp increase in bookings and testing over CMCO period
by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE
MORE than 10,000 companies operating under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) have utilised Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) Prihatin Screening Programme (PSP).
Offered to all local and foreign employees, as at Oct 29, a total of 261,854 employees from 10,070 companies nationwide had utilised the facility.
“From the total, 42,556 insured persons had utilised the facility since the government announced the CMCO on Oct 12, with an additional 60,000 tests have already been booked so far.
“As more tests are done, we expect to receive more claims under the PSP Perkeso, following the requirement under the CMCO,” the organisation told The Malaysian Reserve.
Socso estimated 60,000 tests this week, citing a sharp increase in bookings and testing over the CMCO period.
However, it said the testing disbursement depends on the capacity of the laboratories that are conducting the screening.
“Over the long term, the test disbursement will depend on the development of the pandemic situation and further instructions from the National Security Council,” it noted.
According to Socso, the PSP scheme has been operational since April 27 and since then, it has been tailored to the targeted population with higher risk of Covid-19.
Previously, under the PSP scheme, employers were allowed to claim a subsidy of RM150 for each screening, with the condition that the workers are Socso contributors. The approved allocation for the programme was RM200 million.
However, the scheme was recently extended to all Socso contributors in the states under the CMCO, namely Sabah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
It was aimed at assisting the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 within the industries that are required to operate throughout the CMCO period.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said employers can conduct free Covid-19 testing for employees through a service panel appointed by Socso.
A list of Socso service panels can be obtained at its panelists directory at https://psp.perkeso.gov.my.
The minister said the screening process can be done at the clinic, laboratory or work premises, and that only screening through the service panel is fully covered by Socso.