Two orang asli died from pneumonia from a total of 14 deaths, confirms Waytha

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 9 Jun 2019

KOTA BARU (Bernama): Two orang asli from the Batek tribe in Kuala Koh, Gua Musang died from pneumonia, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Senator P. Waytha Moorthy.

He said that due to the remoteness of the settlement, information on the deaths were received late.

"We were informed that the deaths happened due to migration and the bodies were buried within the area. However, the actual cause of death will be investigated," he told reporters after attending a briefing on the outbreak at the Disease Control Division, Kelantan Health Department here Sunday (June 9).

When contacted by The Star, Waytha Moorthy confirmed that there have been a total of 14 orang asli deaths in Kuala Koh. The cause of death for 12 of the victims is yet unknown.

Waytha Moorthy explained to Bernama that only two post-mortem examinations had been carried out, which found that the cause of death was pneumonia – but how the outbreak started in yet unknown.

"The Health Department now has taken preventive steps which are to find active cases, do isolation and treatment for those affected at hospitals," he said.

Waytha Moorthy added that the Health Department had dispatched a team of medical officers to the area, besides setting up a task force involving various agencies in Gua Musang. – Bernama

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