RM5,000 Aid For Families Of Those Deceased Due To Long Covid

Family members of those deceased as a result of long covid may be eligible for financial aid, according to Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.


RM5,000 Aid For Families Of Those Deceased Due To Long Covid

Family members of those deceased as a result of long covid may be eligible for financial aid, according to Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.

According to a written statement by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department at Dewan Rakyat yesterday, “The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) has no objections to considering such aid for those who pass away due to the effects of long Covid, as long as the stipulated conditions are fulfilled.”

He was responding to a question from Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Pejuang-Kubang Pasu), who inquired about the number of families who benefitted from the RM5,000 special funeral assistance offered to relatives of Covid-19 deaths.

Amiruddin further inquired as to whether this assistance will be offered to the families of individuals who died as a result of long Covid.

source - the straits times

According to Abdul Latiff, as of Feb 28, Nadma has accepted 17,867 eligible applications amounting to RM89.33 million, but stressed that certain criteria must be completed before the RM5,000 is granted.

He highlighted that assistance is not automatic; impacted families must apply for it.

“The families must also appoint or choose who the beneficiary of the aid will be,” he added. He also stated that to minimise future complications, approval must first be sought from affected families.

He said that the funds were electronically transferred to the designated recipients’ accounts.

The main criteria for eligibility is that families must provide a death certificate explicitly stating that “Covid-19" was the cause of death.

The Star reported on Monday that long Covid-19 patients have a variety of symptoms, with fewer than 70% of those sent to the rehabilitation facility at Hospital Sungai Buloh returning to work within three months after recovery.

The Health Ministry has implemented measures to assist long-term Covid patients, with at least 5,856 of them receiving rehabilitation in ministry facilities in Sabah and Sarawak.

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