KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): Another Orang Asli from Kampung Sungai Berua in Hulu Terengganu was admitted to hospital after showing symptoms of respiratory tract infection (RTI).
This brings the total of Orang Asli currently warded at the Hulu Terengganu Hospital in Kuala Berang here to 10.
State health director Dr Mohd Jusoh said the 29-year-old man was admitted after he came to the hospital at 2.57am Monday (June 17) complaining of fever and cough for the past three days.
"Initial investigations found that he had visited Kuala Koh, near Gua Musang in Kelantan recently because he has a family there,” he told reporters here Monday.
On Wednesday (June 12), eight other Orang Asli from Kuala Koh were admitted to the hospital in Hulu Terengganu - seven of whom had symptoms of RTI, while another person who had diarrhoea, stomach pains and vomiting, was being treated for acute gastroenteritis.
On Friday (June 14), another patient from the village was admitted to the same hospital.
Dr Mohd said all the 10 Orang Asli patients were aged between four and 29, comprising seven men and three women.
"All of them are reportedly stable, administered with antibiotics, given appropriate treatment and observed by the hospital staff,” he said.
A total of 15 deaths of Orang Asli were reported to have taken place in Gua Musang, Kelantan, with two bodies examined by the authorities and ascertained to have been caused by pneumonia.
There are four Orang Asli settlements in Terengganu, two of which are in Hulu Terengganu and one each in Besut and Kemaman. - Bernama