KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan government will promote the importance of measles vaccination among the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang through a religious teacher and penghulu or headman.
Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said from information obtained, the spread of measles among Orang Asli of the Batek tribe in Gua Musang was due to the reluctance of the residents to be vaccinated.
“Most of them refused to be vaccinated and those who accepted the vaccine did not follow the immunisation schedule,” he told reporters here today.
He said a penghulu and a religious teacher had been appointed from among the Orang Asli in the past.
“We hope they can help us to advise and instil awareness in the residents on the importance of receiving a vaccination to prevent a similar outbreak in future,” he said.
According to media reports, only 61.5% of the tribe went for the first dose of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccination and only 30% for the second dose.
Mohd Amar said the state government was ready to provide any form of assistance to the community.“We will help in any way required although to date we have not received any request from any quarters.
“But measles is an issue specific to the health ministry and department and we can only hope the issue will not prevail and affect more people,” he said.