Health Ministry to locate Orang Asli graves in Kampung Kuala Koh

Health Ministry to locate Orang Asli graves in Kampung Kuala Koh

GUA MUSANG: The Ministry of Health, along with other relevant agencies, will try to locate the graves of 12 Orang Asli from the Batek tribe who were said to have died of pneumonia in Kampung Kuala Koh here over the past month.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pix) said the move was vital to enable the bodies to be exhumed for post mortem to ascertain the actual cause of their deaths and whether their diseases had indeed infected others in the village.

However, he said the ministry would leave to the police the exhumation of the bodies, which were buried according to the customary Batek tribe funeral rites.

He said the ministry had been facing difficulties locating the graves as they were said to be buried in the jungle.

“When we asked their families, they said they did not know,” the minister told reporters after being briefed on the issue following a visit to the Orang Asli patients receiving treatment at the Gua Musang Hospital here today.

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