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Allianz Malaysia is providing all 27 pregnant females currently employed at the Company nationwide with Zika Benefit through Allianz Shield. 

The Zika Benefit, which is now included in Allianz Shield, offers a lump sum of RM 5,000 compensation to the person insured should she give birth to a baby or babies with birth defects caused by the Zika Virus as certified by a medical practitioner. 

“Allianz advocates providing simply the best value for customers. And in ensuring that our customers have the coverage they need, when they need it the most, we are extending Allianz Shield’s medical expenses and bereavement allowance to now include the Zika virus. That way, they obtain the most comprehensive cover that money can buy. And we’re applying that rule at home first, by providing all our expectant mothers in the company with the Zika Benefit,” said Linda Lor, Head of Digital Innovation and Special Projects, Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad.

Ally Wong Wai Lai, an employee who is six months pregnant and has been signed up to the Zika Benefit said: “At a one off payment of RM103.88, it’s an inexpensive cover that I would have purchased myself if not for my employer. It is not a remedy or cure, but it does help to put my mind at ease a little, knowing I have a plan in place should something untoward happen. As an expectant mother, I am taking the best precautions I can towards being healthy and in terms of insurance, it’s the best option in preparing myself and my family in facing unforeseen circumstances.” 

The Zika virus primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes and one can also contract the virus through sexual intercourse. The virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus and infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects such as a baby born with a small head. Currently, there is no readily available medication to treat or vaccine to prevent Zika.

Allianz Shield is a personal accident cover that offers medical expense and snatch theft cover as well as Renewal Bonus up to 100%, double Indemnity in the event of death or permanent disablement whilst travelling in a public transport or whilst you are travelling overseas, cashless hospital admission and discharge. The policy also covers miscarriage and medical cover and bereavement allowance for death due to an accident. Medical expenses also covers reasonable medical, sinseh or traditional treatment incurred for injuries resulting from an accident or illness due to Dengue, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis or Chikungunya and now Zika. 
 
“Zika Benefit is an additional benefit that will boost your Allianz Shield policy and offer you protection in the form of compensation as a result of the virus. For those who do not have Allianz Shield can log onto Allianz Online to obtain an immediate insurance quote on the product. An agent of your choice will then be in contact with you within 24 hours to process your purchase. It’s really hassle-free and you could start your coverage as soon as possible,” said Linda. 

To find out more about Zika Benefit and Allianz Shield, visit the Allianz Malaysia website at allianz.com.my or reach out to known Allianz agents or our Allianz Customer Service Associates at 1-300-88-1028 or by email at customer.service@allianz.com.my.

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