Two Orang Asli patients airlifted for treatment


Help is here: The Air Unit of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department carrying out the Medevac operation for Zulfahmi and his mum (right) using a helicopter. — Bernama

GUA MUSANG: The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Air Unit conducted a medical evacuation operation, flying two Orang Asli patients from Pos Balar and Pos Bihai to the Gua Musang Hospital for treatment.

Central Region Base public relations officer Asst Fire Chief Mohd Rizzan Jefri said both patients were flown on the same Agusta Westland 139 aircraft, which departed from Penang at 12.30pm on Tuesday.

He said the flight arrived at Pos Balar at 1.58pm to pick up seven-month-old infant Zulfahmi Ikhwan Sani and flew on to Kampung Tendrik, Pos Bihai, at 2.20pm to pick up a female patient, Andak Itam, 64, Bernama reported.

“The infant, who was experiencing shortness of breath and coughing, was accompanied by his mother, father and sister.

“The woman, who was accompanied by a caregiver, was suffering from fatigue and weakness and had not eaten in three days,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Mohd Rizzan said the aircraft arrived at the Gua Musang Fire and Rescue Station at 2.40pm. Both patients were immediately transported to the hospital for treatment.

“The crew departed back to Subang, Selangor, at 2.45pm with the entire round trip taking two hours and 54 minutes,” he said.

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