Health director: Common illnesses killed orang asli kids

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  • Monday, 13 Jun 2005

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The deaths of five orang asli children in three settlements here last month were not due to any outbreak, Pahang Health Department director Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said. 

“The cases are not related to each other and they did not die of any mysterious disease, but due to common illnesses. These were isolated cases,” he added. 

Commenting on news reports on the deaths of the children, who included an eight-month-old baby, Dr Hasan said two of them had sought medical treatment at a private clinic a week before they died. 

“They were diagnosed with bronchopneumonia, and being a mild infection the clinic doctor felt there was no need to refer them to the hospital,” he added.  

In the other three cases, Dr Hasan said two children had a history of suffering from diarrhoea while the other had fever and fits.  

Dr Hasan said all the children, who lived in the Pos Leryar, Pos Rantau and Cheros settlements, died at home.  

The water in the three settlements also tested negative for bacteria and viruses, he added.  

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