9 more Orang Asli seek treatment, 4 still in ICU

Orang Asli at Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, putting up in tents to avoid becoming infected by pneumonia. (PEKA pic.)

GUA MUSANG: The total number of Orang Asli from the Batek tribe who have sought treatment has increased by nine to 112 compared to 103 on Thursday.

Kelantan health director Dr Zaini Hussin said four patients were still being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with one at Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital and the other three at Kuala Krai Hospital (HKK).

Forty-eight were placed in normal wards at HKK and Gua Musang Hospital and 19 at the Orang Asli Health Homestay (RIKA).

The balance of 41 patients received outpatient treatment, he said in a statement here today.

Zaini said the statistics only involved two confirmed deaths and did not involve 12 other deaths reported by the authorities.

The deaths of members of the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh since May had originally been reported to be due to a “mysterious” disease.

However, a post-mortem of the two bodies found that they died from pneumonia.