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KOTA BARU, Oct 10, 2015:

The two Orang Asli children who were found by search and rescue (SAR) teams last night had lost 10kg in weight, said Kelantan Health Department director Datuk Ahmad Razin Ahmad Maher.

He said both victims were now being monitored by Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZ II) paediatric expert Dr Nik Nasiruddin Nik Leh.

He said the children were malnourished and were psychologically unstable and passive.

“Noreen Yaacob, 10, and Mirsudiar Aluj, 11, are now in a state of trauma and are trying to stay away from the crowd.

“They will be counselled by a psychologist and are under a controlled diet to restore their weight,” he told reporters after visiting Ward 5 HRPZ II today.

Meanwhile, Dr Nik Nasiruddin said it would be a long time before the children return to their original weight, explaining that the recovery treatment may take three to six months depending on their condition.

“As a start, they are being given soft foods such as rice porridge, cereals and others food for a few days before we prepare solid food.

“Next we will refer them to a psychologist to restore their spirits.

“After fully stabilising their condition, we will send them to Hospital Gua Musang for treatment there,” he said.

On Aug 23, seven Orang Asli students, including six girls and a boy from SK Postal Tohoi, escaped from the boarding school for fear of reprisal by the teacher after they were spotted bathing in a river without permission.

The seven students involved are Juvina David, 7; Linda Rosli, 8; Sasa Sobrie, 8; Ika Ayel, 9; Haikal Yaakob, 8; Norieen Yaakob, 10, and Miksudiar Aluj, 11, all from Kampung Gawin and Penad.

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