The Social Security Organ­i­sation (Socso) needs to boost its free health screening campaign by ex­­plaining the need for employees to undergo medical examinations, said Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib.

The free health screening scheme that Socso implemented last year, for which the government allocated RM200mil, had not received the desired response.

“Over the past year only 320,000 people have undergone screening at the panel clinics appointed by Sosco, when Socso had actually targeted 1.9 million of its members and handed out that number of vouchers for them to undergo screening,” he said after launching the Seko­lah Mene­ngah Kebangsaan Ma­­ran PTA meeting at here yesterday.

He said he hoped that employees would undergo the health screening in order to detect diseases early.