KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): A male Orang Asli from Kampung Sungai Berua in Hulu Terengganu was admitted at a hospital for cough on Friday (June 14).
This brings the total number of Orang Asli community members admitted at the Hulu Terengganu Hospital to nine.
On Wednesday (June 12), eight other Orang Asli from Kuala Koh in neighbouring Gua Musang, Kelantan, were admitted to the hospital in Hulu Terengganu.
Seven had cough, while another had diarrhoea, stomach pains and vomiting, and was being treated for acute gastroenteritis.
On the latest case, state health director Dr Mohd Jusoh told reporters Sunday (June 16) that the 26-year-old man from Hulu Terengganu was warded after he had gone to the hospital for treatment at 8.57pm.
"The man had been experiencing a fever for the past two weeks but developed a cough three days before visiting the hospital,” he said.
Dr Mohd Jusoh adding that the fact that the patient had come to seek medical treatment through his own initiative was a good development.
He said it indicated that the Orang Asli community was increasingly vigilant about their health given the recent deaths affecting the Bateq tribe from Kuala Koh.
The director said all nine patients, aged between four and 26, comprising six males and three females, were in a stable condition.
He said they had been placed in separate wards to facilitate appropriate treatment.
Prior to the hospitalisation, the Health Department had conducted checks on 23 Orang Asli in Kampung Gerdong, Hulu Terengganu, who had shifted from Kuala Koh.
A total of 14 Orang Asli deaths were reported in the past month in Gua Musang with two bodies examined by authorities. Post-mortem results indicated that the two died from pneumonia.
There are four Orang Asli settlements in Terengganu, comprising two in Hulu Terengganu, and one each in Besut and Kemaman. - Bernama