Cause of deaths of 12 Kg Koh Orang Asli unconfirmed, says ministry

The health ministry has been closely monitoring the health of Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh following the deaths of 12 people. (Bernama pic)

PORT DICKSON: The results of the post-mortem examinations on the skeletal remnants of 12 Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan, cannot confirm the cause of their deaths.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said the autopsies were conducted on the 12 Orang Asli’s skeletal remains on June 17-18.

‘’We have not received the results of the toxicology, heavy metal and entomology tests,’’ he told a media conference after a Port Dickson parliamentary-level “My Healthy Village” programme here today.

He said the number of deaths due to measles, as confirmed by laboratory tests, remained at three and there were no new deaths reported as of yesterday.

Zulkelfly said 48 cases in Kelantan were still being treated, including 46 in the isolation wards and two in the Intensive Care Unit, as of July 5.

He said all those being treated were reported to be in a stable condition.

Another 53 “mild” cases were housed at the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) Camp at the Etnobotany Park in Gua Musang.

He said in Terengganu, five cases were still being treated at the isolation ward of the Hulu Terengganu Hospital while there were no new cases in Pahang.

Since June 3, 147 Orang Asli in Kelantan have been reported to be ill (with three deaths), followed by 18 in Terengganu and eight in Pahang.

Of the total, 82 cases were confirmed to have contracted measles, after laboratory tests.