Health status of Orang Asli (Aborigine) community in Pos Piah, Sungai Siput, Perak, Malaysia

Norhayati Moktar, M. I. Noor Hayati, N. Nor Fariza, A. K. Rohani, A. S. Halimah, M. Y. Sharom, A. H. Zainal Abidin

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A study of health status of Orang Asli population (based on physical examination findings) was conducted in 4 villages in Pos Piah, Sungai Siput Perak, Malaysia. In all 356 individuals between 4 months - 72 years old (178 males and 178 females) participated in this study. Poor general health status, physical and mental handicaps were seen in 7.8%, 0.3% and 0.3% of the population, respectively. About one-fifth of the population had dental caries. Splenomegaly, hepatomegaly and hepatosplenomegaly were among the commonest abnormalities with the occurrence rates of 19.8%, 13.7% and 6.7%, respectively, being detected in the population. About one-fifth of the population showed signs suggestive of protein-energy deficiency; whilst less than 5% showed signs indicative of riboflavin, iodine and iron deficiencies. Vitamin A deficiency was the commonest nutritional deficiency identified in this community with almost 38.4% of them showing signs of the deficiency. The commonest skin infection was scabies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998

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Malaysia
Health Status
Population
Scabies
Vitamin A Deficiency
Protein Deficiency
Hepatomegaly
Riboflavin
Splenomegaly
Dental Caries
Malnutrition
Iodine
Physical Examination
Iron
Skin
Infection

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Moktar, N., Noor Hayati, M. I., Nor Fariza, N., Rohani, A. K., Halimah, A. S., Sharom, M. Y., & Zainal Abidin, A. H. (1998). Health status of Orang Asli (Aborigine) community in Pos Piah, Sungai Siput, Perak, Malaysia. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 29(1), 58-61.

Health status of Orang Asli (Aborigine) community in Pos Piah, Sungai Siput, Perak, Malaysia. / Moktar, Norhayati; Noor Hayati, M. I.; Nor Fariza, N.; Rohani, A. K.; Halimah, A. S.; Sharom, M. Y.; Zainal Abidin, A. H.

In: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Vol. 29, No. 1, 03.1998, p. 58-61.

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Moktar, N, Noor Hayati, MI, Nor Fariza, N, Rohani, AK, Halimah, AS, Sharom, MY & Zainal Abidin, AH 1998, 'Health status of Orang Asli (Aborigine) community in Pos Piah, Sungai Siput, Perak, Malaysia', Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 58-61.
Moktar, Norhayati ; Noor Hayati, M. I. ; Nor Fariza, N. ; Rohani, A. K. ; Halimah, A. S. ; Sharom, M. Y. ; Zainal Abidin, A. H. / Health status of Orang Asli (Aborigine) community in Pos Piah, Sungai Siput, Perak, Malaysia. In: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. 1998 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 58-61.
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