Leptospirosis: Health department tracing Thaqif’s movements

Ayub-Rahmat-thaqifKLUANG: The Johor Health Department is tracing the locations visited by tahfiz student Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi after a post-mortem confirmed that he died due to leptospirosis, and not from trauma or injury.

State Health, Education and Information Committee chairman Ayub Rahmat said the department would be working closely with the police to trace and run inspections on the locations.

Ayub said the department would also identify Thaqif’s whereabouts when he first complained about his condition.

“There is a strong possibility that at certain times, there were family members who brought  Thaqif out of the tahfiz school.

“We will investigate this first as this could be among the factors causing him to become infected with the disease,” he told reporters after attending a public awareness programme on human-elephant mitigation conflict in Kahang here today.

Yesterday, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Thaqif’s death was due to leptospirosis and not from trauma or injury.

Results of the post-mortem also found that his condition was complicated by necrosis (death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue) and microthrombi (disseminated intravascular coagulation) in the blood vessels which caused a change in skin colour as well as organ failure.

The boy died at the Sultan Ismail Hospital here on April 26 before an operation to amputate his right hand could be performed. His hand had been infected after he was allegedly beaten by an assistant warden.

Earlier, both his legs were amputated for the same reason.