Stepping up health checks for orang asli

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  • Monday, 27 Oct 2003

IPOH: The Health Ministry will improve its health services at all orang asli settlements in the country to curb the spread of infectious diseases among them. 

Its minister, Datuk Chua Jui Meng, said the ministry's district health offices would carry out more regular visits to orang asli settlements to monitor the community's health. 

The move, he said, would allow them to get speedy medical treatment to check illnesses, he said. 

“The incidence of infectious diseases among orang asli, especially tuberculosis and malaria, is much higher compared to the general Malaysian population,” he told reporters after launching the Perak Moral Uplifting Haemodialysis Foundation Centre at Jalan Chung Ah Ming in Pasir Puteh here yesterday.  

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