Home 2015 - Volume 15 (1) THE HEALTH OF MALAYSIA’S “ORANG ASLI” PEOPLES: A REVIEW OF THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE ON NUTRITIONAL OUTCOME, PARASITE INFESTATIONS, AND DISCUSSION ON IMPLICATIONS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE
THE HEALTH OF MALAYSIA’S “ORANG ASLI” PEOPLES: A REVIEW OF THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE ON NUTRITIONAL OUTCOME, PARASITE INFESTATIONS, AND DISCUSSION ON IMPLICATIONS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:48

KL Phua

School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

The Orang Asli of Malaysia continue to experience poor health. There appears to be stagnation of certain aspect of their health status. Underweight (low weight-for-age) and stunting (low height-for-age) are significant amongst Orang Asli children. Worm infestation such as Ascaris, Trichuris and hookworm continue to afflict Orang Asli communities in Malaysia. Orang Asli communities can also be afflicted by other kinds of parasites, e.g. malaria parasites, microsporida parasites and Cryptosporidium parasites. Thus, primary care doctors who treat Orang Asli patients should be on the lookout for malnutrition and its effects (including anaemia, iodine deficiency, Vitamin A deficiency) as well as worm and parasite infestations. Such patients may need to undergo de-worming at regular intervals because of the tendency to get re-infected. Primary care doctors also need to be aware of possible interactions between infestations and nutritional deficiencies.

KEYWORDS: Orang Asli, health, Malaysia

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