Orang Asli patients at Terengganu hospital stable

Orang Asli patients at Terengganu hospital stable

KUALA TERENGGANU: All seven Batek community patients from Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan who are warded at Hulu Terengganu Hospital for coughs and breathing difficulties are still being treated at the hospital.

Terengganu health director, Dr Mohd Jusoh said all of them are in stable condition.

“Apart from the seven, another patient who was admitted for diarrhoea and vomiting is still being treated for acute gastroenteritis (AGE),” he said.

All eight patients warded at the hospital are aged between four and 25, and they comprise of three female and five male members of the tribe.

Twenty-three Orang Asli came to live in Kampung Gerdong, Hulu Terengganu in stages with seven of them originating from Kuala Koh while 16 others had just moved from Kuala Koh on June 8.  

Terengganu have four Orang Asli settlements in three districts, namely two in Hulu Terengganu and one each in Besut and Kemaman.

In Kemaman, Terengganu menteri besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the people should give space to the authorities to identify the actual cause of the pneumonia outbreak in Gua Musang and its link to the seven Orang Asli now being awarded at Hulu Terengganu Hospital.

“Since the tragedy occurred, various assumptions and interpretations were given by various parties on the actual cause which have not been confirmed. Just let the authorities do their job.

“We will give our full cooperation to resolve the matter as quickly as possible,” he said.


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