GOPENG: The public, especially the Orang Asli community, should make full use of government clinics, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.
The Deputy Health Minister said the government has built clinics in villages while mobile clinics are available in some areas for the people to seek medical treatment.
“We have four-wheel-drive vehicles and helicopters to provide medical assistance in rural areas.
“So the people, particularly the Orang Asli community, should make full use of these facilities to get the necessary immunisation,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house and open day at SK Pos Raya near here yesterday.
Dr Lee noted that the Bateq community did not get their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation, which was usually given to babies when they turned nine months old.
“We will conduct a research to improve the level of immunisation among the public,” he said.
Dr Lee also said his ministry would work with the Education Ministry and Orang Asli Development Department to educate the Orang Asli on the importance of having proper nutrition.
“We are worried with the level of malnourishment among Orang Asli, especially those age five and below.
“It is one of the contributing factors that led to the deaths of the Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh,” he said, adding that another factor was having a weak immune system.
“People with proper nutrition need about one week to recover from measles.
“In the case of a measles outbreak affecting the Bateq community, we found many of them, especially children, were suffering from malnutrition,” he said.
The Bateq community came under the spotlight after 15 of them died from an illness.
On June 17, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the disease affecting the community had been identified as measles.