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FAMA prepared to help farmers out of poverty

ALOR SETAR, The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) is prepared to give guidance especially to padi farmers in an effort to lift them from poverty.

Its director-general Datuk Ahmad Ishak said FAMA welcomed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal to overcome the problem by using modern farming methods, apart from the introduction of cash crops to reduce dependence on rice production.

“The government has given serious attention to crop cultivation and the farmers have been encouraged to plant short-term crops such as watermelons, sweet corn and vegetables.

“FAMA will assist in marketing the products as well as in identifying and recommending the kinds of crops suitable to different types of soil,” he said.

He was commenting on Tun Dr Mahathir’s statement on the issue of poverty among farmers and their over-dependence on rice yields.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Newborn baby girl found inside bag in Larkin

JOHOR BAHRU, A newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found abandoned in a bag that was left by the roadside near the Sri Anugerah Flats in Larkin here today.

Johor Bahru South police chief Assistant Commissioner Shahurinain Jais said the baby, believed to be just three days old, was found by a 53-year-old housewife at 10.30 am, who was walking back to her home from a grocery store.

The woman suddenly heard a cry behind her and on turning back found a baby in a white bag with Mary Kay written on it in pink. She then alerted a nearby workshop owner who then called the police.

The housewife brought the baby to the workshop to be cleaned and fed with milk, he said in a statement here today.

Shahurinain said although the baby was healthy, she was brought to the Emergency Department of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital for examination before the Welfare Department was notified.

He urged anyone with information on the case to contact the nearest police station.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Newborn baby girl found inside bag in Larkin

JOHOR BAHRU, A newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found abandoned in a bag that was left by the roadside near the Sri Anugerah Flats in Larkin here today.

Johor Bahru South police chief Assistant Commissioner Shahurinain Jais said the baby, believed to be just three days old, was found by a 53-year-old housewife at 10.30 am, who was walking back to her home from a grocery store.

The woman suddenly heard a cry behind her and on turning back found a baby in a white bag with Mary Kay written on it in pink. She then alerted a nearby workshop owner who then called the police.

The housewife brought the baby to the workshop to be cleaned and fed with milk, he said in a statement here today.

Shahurinain said although the baby was healthy, she was brought to the Emergency Department of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital for examination before the Welfare Department was notified.

He urged anyone with information on the case to contact the nearest police station.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Get vaccinated before entering Orang Asli settlement in Kuala Koh

KOTA BHARU, Activists and media practitioners should get vaccinated against pneumonia before entering the Batek Orang Asli settlement in Kuala Koh, Gua Musang.

A medical officer at a private clinic here, Dr Hafidzah Mustakim said Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccines were able to prevent pneumonia.

Symptoms experienced by pneumonia patients includes cough, chest pain, fever, chills, body aches and breathing difficulties. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, virus, fungi or parasites, can cause pneumonia.

It is the most common cause of death due to infection at all ages as well as being the leading cause of death worldwide for children in low-income countries, she said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Last Monday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad issued a directive barring the public from entering the Orang Asli settlement because of the contagious lung infection.

Commenting further, Dr Hafidzah said that when a person is infected with pneumonia, it can cause inflammation that causes the lungs to be filled with fluid and pus.

People at risk of getting pneumonia are smokers, chronic lung or asthma patients, infants less than one year old or adults over 65 years and people with AIDS.”

She said patients receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment, kidney failure patients, people with cancer, malnutrition or prolonged malnutrition, excessive (alcohol) drinkers and those living in groups in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes were also at risk of contracting pneumonia.

She said the general treatment was to use antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal drugs to treat the disease depending on the cause of pneumonia.

In most cases of pneumonia, the bacteria can be treated at home with oral antibiotics and most people respond to the antibiotics given.

For more serious cases hospitalisation is required involving effective preventive measures like quitting smoking as it reduces damage to the lungs, she said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Get vaccinated before entering Orang Asli settlement in Kuala Koh

KOTA BHARU, Activists and media practitioners should get vaccinated against pneumonia before entering the Batek Orang Asli settlement in Kuala Koh, Gua Musang.

A medical officer at a private clinic here, Dr Hafidzah Mustakim said Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccines were able to prevent pneumonia.

Symptoms experienced by pneumonia patients includes cough, chest pain, fever, chills, body aches and breathing difficulties. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, virus, fungi or parasites, can cause pneumonia.

It is the most common cause of death due to infection at all ages as well as being the leading cause of death worldwide for children in low-income countries, she said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Last Monday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad issued a directive barring the public from entering the Orang Asli settlement because of the contagious lung infection.

Commenting further, Dr Hafidzah said that when a person is infected with pneumonia, it can cause inflammation that causes the lungs to be filled with fluid and pus.

People at risk of getting pneumonia are smokers, chronic lung or asthma patients, infants less than one year old or adults over 65 years and people with AIDS.”

She said patients receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment, kidney failure patients, people with cancer, malnutrition or prolonged malnutrition, excessive (alcohol) drinkers and those living in groups in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes were also at risk of contracting pneumonia.

She said the general treatment was to use antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal drugs to treat the disease depending on the cause of pneumonia.

In most cases of pneumonia, the bacteria can be treated at home with oral antibiotics and most people respond to the antibiotics given.

For more serious cases hospitalisation is required involving effective preventive measures like quitting smoking as it reduces damage to the lungs, she said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Felda Aring 1 residents express concern over pneumonia outbreak

GUA MUSANG, Residents of Felda Aring 1 have expressed concern following the spread of pneumonia among the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh, here.

A Felda settler, Ruzelan Ramli, 55, said although he lived about 30 km from the affected, he was still worried as it was an airborne disease.

“We hope that the real cause of the disease’s outbreak can be detected as soon as possible to facilitate the settlers in this area to take precautionary measures.

“The residents (of Felda Aring 1) are now in a state of confusion because there are claims that the infection was caused by water pollution and some quarters say it is an airborne disease,” he told reporters in Felda Aring 1 here, today.

Meanwhile, the Penghulu of Felda Aring 1, Nik Anuar Ghazali @ Daud, 51, said although the disease had been affecting the Orang Asli community over a month ago, none of the settlers from the Felda village suffered similar symptoms.

“I advise the 173 families here not to approach the Orang Asli settlements in Kuala Koh as the authorities are still conducting a thorough investigation into the incident,” he said.

On Monday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad banned the public from entering the Orang Asli village to minimise the risk of the disease further spreading.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that two of the 14 deaths involving the Orang Asli community from the Batek tribe in Kuala Koh in the past month were due to pneumonia, however, the true cause of death would only be known after a serology and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is concluded.

So far, 99 residents of the community have received treatment, with four of them warded at the intensive care units of the Kuala Krai Hospital and Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZII) here.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Reporters gather at entrance to Orang Asli settlement

GUA MUSANG, More than 20 media practitioners gathered at the entrance to the Orang Asli settlement in Kuala Koh here to get the latest information on the community from the Batek tribe.

Kelantan Police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan is expected to hold a press conference on the latest development of the case.

A check by Bernama found that the General Operations Force (GOF) personnel were monitoring the entrance.

Other security agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department, National Disaster Management Agency and Civil Defence Force were not allowed into the area.

It is understood that the GOF is currently conducting operations to locate the graves of 12 Orang Asli who were buried according to customary rituals in the jungle.

Gua Musang Police chief Supt Mohd Taufik Maidin when contacted said the road block at Aring 10 was to control the entry and exit of the people in the area.

Yesterday, Health Ministry said that there were 14 Orang Asli deaths in the area but only two were confirmed to be from pneumonia.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)