KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): Seven Orang Asli villagers from Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan were warded at Hulu Terengganu Hospital in Kuala Berang on Wednesday (June 12) for coughs and breathing difficulties.
Terengganu health director Dr Mohd Jusoh said apart from the seven, another was also warded for diarrhoea and vomiting and was being treated for acute gastroenteritis (AGE).
All eight patients are aged between four and 25, comprising three women and five men.
"They are reported to be in stable condition. Several clinical samples have been taken and sent to the laboratory for confirmation tests and the results are expected to be out in two weeks," he said in a statement Friday (June 14).
Twenty three Orang Asli moved to Kampung Gerdong, Hulu Terengganu in stages, with seven of them originating from Kuala Koh. Sixteen others had just come from Kuala Koh on June 8.
Following the examination, he said the Terengganu Health Department, via the Hulu Terengganu Health Office, would continue to monitor activities in Orang Asli settlements in the state.
"We will continue to monitor and conduct screenings on those with respiratory symptoms and fever as well as giving treatment to ailing villagers in Sungai Berua and Gerdong Orang Asli settlements
Terengganu has four Orang Asli settlements in three districts – two in Hulu Terengganu and one each in Besut and Kemaman.
Earlier, the Health Department inspected all the villages and identified five in a family from Kuala Koh who settled in Sungai Berua Orang Asli Village in Hulu Terengganu.
However, examinations found all of them did not have any health problems nor showed any symptoms of respiratory infection. – Bernama