Penang exco: New taskforce to monitor welfare, mental wellbeing of children orphaned due to Covid-19

27-Nov-2021 Intellasia | Bernama | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Penang government has set up a taskforce to monitor the welfare and mental health of children who lost their parents to Covid-19.

State Agrotechnology and Food Safety, Rural Development and Health Committee chair Dr Norlela Ariffin said the task force was established in collaboration with the relevant government agencies, such as the Welfare Department, Health Department and Education Department.

“For now, this taskforce is needed to help these children. The state government, through the Welfare Department, will look into their needs, as well as contact the families involved for counselling and assistance.

“Based on records, no children who are orphaned by Covid-19 have been admitted to welfare institutions as they are all being taken care of by family members or guardians,” she told the state assembly sitting today.

Norlela (PKR-Penanti) said this in response to an oral question from Ong Ah Teong (DAP-Batu Lancang) on the death statistics due to Covid-19 in the state and the fate of children who lost their parents due to the pandemic.

Norlela also said that as of last November 23, four children, involving two families in the state, lost both their parents to Covid-19, while another 299 children lost either their father or mother to the virus.

Penang recorded 1,642 deaths due to Covid-19 from January 1 to November 22 this year, she added.


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