Selangor changes focus of SELangkah, improves app functions

The state govt is placing more emphasis on the type of close contact tracking which is the main contributors for the positive cases in the state

by HARIZAH KAMEL / source:

THE Selangor government is changing its focus for the SELangkah application function by emphasising more on the type of close contact tracking that contributes to positive Covid-19 cases in the state.

State Public Health, Unity, Women and Family Development Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said since February 2021, the relaunched SELangkah application has been improved with the addition of a function that can scan MySejahtera QR codes.

SELangkah was initially developed to operate both types of contact tracing namely casual contact and close contact, but given some constraints such as the Health Ministry’s (MoH) refusal to share data and mandatory use of MySejahtera for casual contact tracing via QR code, SELangkah has integrated a casual contact tracing function with MySejahtera.

“In this regard, the state government has changed the focus of the SELangkah function by placing more emphasis on the type of close contact tracking that is contributing more to positive cases in Selangor,” she responded to state assemblyman Lau Weng San’s question at the State Legislative Assembly in Shah Alam on Monday.

Lau queried on how the state government conducts contact tracing through SELangkah given that there is no cooperation and information sharing between the state and MoH.

Dr Siti Mariah said SELangkah has improved close contact detection in Selangor by developing three separate close contact tracking databases namely based on individual reporting from the state government’s Covid-19 screening programme; based on patient interview at the district health office, Covid-19 assessment centre, Covid-19 Low-Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centre and from virtual interview of patients who are undergoing self-quarantine at home.

She said as of Aug 8, 2021, a total of 164,354 individuals have been detected as close contacts and all information obtained was shared with MoH, the Selangor Taskforce Covid-19, and staff and volunteers from the Greater Klang Valley Taskforce.

Additionally, she said the functions and roles of SELangkah have been improved and enhanced through several aspects.

“SELangkah offers anonymous epidemic risk maps to provide preliminary information on which areas have a high probability of Covid-19 transmission for the knowledge and actions of its users.

“The app now offers digital facilities for registration, participation and results of the Covid-19 community screening tests organised by the state government. This facility has been used by almost 44,640 citizens who have been screened through the state’s programmes with more than 2,312 detected positive and can be isolated earlier,” she said.

The app is also equipped with a home quarantine function that allows the patient’s health to be monitored by health workers, where a total of 21,200 patients have been monitored with zero mortality at home.

Meanwhile, Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said there are no changes in the direction of Smart Selangor programme following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Based on the current developments and forecasts, the state government does not expect any change to the direction of the Smart Selangor programme based on the Covid-19 pandemic and the state’s financial capabilities.

“The state government has put in huge expenditure starting in 2020 to ensure that the programmes planned under Smart Selangor run well and we have managed to achieve the direction of becoming a smart state by 2025,” he said.

The MB reiterated that the pandemic has accelerated the process of digitisation in Selangor which is in line with the state’s desire to achieve a smart state status by 2025.

He also noted that public acceptance is faster now, citing the Selangor e-bazaar programme as an example, which had attracted more than 20,000 participants.

On the value of investments coming into Selangor from January 2020 until now, state executive councillor for investment, industry and commerce and small and medium enterprises Datuk Teng Chang Khim said Selangor has recorded a total investment value of RM22.45 billion with 411 manufacturing projects that have been approved, of which RM10.43 billion were from domestic investments and RM12.02 billion from foreign investments.

Teng said approximately 27,491 potential job opportunities have been created during the period and that the state government through the standing committee has implemented 121 programmes or activities to encourage new investment activities and increase existing investments for the period of January to July 2021.