The Health Ministry clarified that the charges for Second Class wards at the general hospitals are only being increased by 25 percent, not 50 percent. The last time the charges were increased was 34 years ago.
It will not have an impact on the lower and middle-income patients as the Third Class charges remain the same, while the Second Class charges will only be up by a few ringgit.
In the 2017 Budget tabled in October, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the allocation for the Health Ministry had been increased by RM2 billion from RM23 billion for this year to RM25 billion.
The increase in charges will be implemented nationwide at all government hospitals starting Jan 1, 2017.
PETALING JAYA: Out of Malaysia's 21,789,379 total adult population, 93.1% have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine while 79.6% are fully vaccinated as of Monday (Sept 20), according to the Health Ministry's CovidNow website.
It added that another 289,618 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered on Monday.
Of the jabs administered, 94,145 people received one dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine while another 195,473 individuals finished their inoculations by either getting both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single-dose vaccine such as Cansino.
The Ministry also added that the current total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 40,664,674.
It is projected that the total fully-inoculated adult pop
PETALING JAYA: With 67 children dying due to Covid-19 this year compared to six deaths in 2020, the Health Ministry aims to complete inoculation for 80% of those who are eligible before school reopens in 2022.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the statistics showing an increasing trend of infections in children below 18 years old was worrying, while the sharp rise in deaths among this age group was also of concern.
Thus, the Health Ministry aims to ensure that 60% of adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years old will get at least one dose of the vaccine by November 2021, he said.
The ministry also aims for 80% of those who are eligible to be completely vaccinated before school opens for the 2022 session, he said.