KUALA KRAI: Three Orang Asli children – two of whom are 39 days old and three months old – have been admitted to the Kuala Krai Hospital intensive care unit (ICU).
They are some of the latest patients from the Bateq tribe here who are being warded at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since Sunday.
Kuala Krai Hospital director Dr Mohd Salleh Mat Jusoh said another 27-year-old woman was also warded at the ICU.
He said that their conditions were stable.
“The conditions of the four patients were reported to be stable and we are monitoring the development of their health from time to time,” he said at the hospital yesterday.
Dr Mohd Salleh said as of yesterday, 24 patients from the Bateq tribe were being treated after being brought to the hospital in the past few days.
He said they were placed in a special cluster ward.
“A total of 13 male patients and 11 female patients are being treated and monitored by a team of 23 hospital employees including specialists assigned to ensure the patients are in good health,” he said.
Dr Mohd Salleh said the hospital also limited visits by the public to prevent infections.
He said so far no patients had been allowed to return home and the hospital would continue to treat them until they have fully recovered.
The Bateq tribe in Kelantan started getting media attention after two members of the tribe died, believed to be from pneumonia early last month. — Bernama