Zero poverty by 2020

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 17, 2012): A total of 53,034 families were still categorised as hardcore poor under the eKasih as at Oct 31, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S.K.Devamany today.

He said among the measures taken by the government to achieve the status of zero hardcore poor by 2020 was the implementation of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) introduced in 2010.

“Among the major successes achieved by GTP was assisting 44,000 hardcore poor households to get out of the category in 2010,” he said when replying to a question by Senator Datuk Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman at the Dewan Negara here.

The eKasih system is a database on poor families created at the national level to assist the planning, implementation and monitoring of anti-poverty programme.

Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said five hospitals were providing nuclear medicine which could improve the diagnostic and detection processes as well as treatment of certain diseases.

The hospitals were Penang Hospital, Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Putrajaya Hospital, Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baharu and Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching.

“The Likas Women and Children Hospital will be offering the nuclear medicine system early next year,” said Rosnah in reply to a question by Senator Datuk Chiw Tiang Chai.

According to her, 16 nuclear medical specialists were now registered with the National Specialist Registry (NSR) with five working with the ministry, eight in the private sector and three in institutions of higher learning.

She added that 25 medical officers were now undergoing the Masters in Nuclear Medicine at Universiti Sains Malaysia. – Bernama