By Petronella Felix
KUCHING: Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang says the federal government’s Covid-19 Care Package (PPC) showed that attention was given to the B40 group in facing the endemic phase of Covid-19.
The PPC would help ease their financial burden as it would include some items that might not be affordable for the recipients, he noted.
“The pulse oximeter, for instance, may be unaffordable for the less fortunate group due to their financial constraints.
“I believe the aid will somehow ease their financial burden in terms of acquiring some of the items included in the package.”
He was commenting on the PPC, which was expected to benefit some 3.6 million B40 households in preparation for the Covid-19 endemic phase, which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri on Sunday (Sept 19).
He believed the aid package would help the target group in mitigating the risk of contracting or spreading the Covid-19 virus, as well as getting them prepped for the endemic phase.
On a related matter, Nyabong suggested the government to consider other methods instead of just depending on the Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (PBR) recipient list in the distribution of the assistance.
The PPC package would include four reusable face masks, four Covid-19 self-test kits, one pulse oximeter, one thermometer, and leaflets containing user tutorials and health information for each target household.
Ismail Sabri said that the distribution of the PPC would begin with BPR recipients who are married, comprising married couples with or without children, and single parents.