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    SINGAPORE'S LEPER HOSPITAL IS ONE OF THE FINEST IN THE WORLD. IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN?

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    Background: SINGAPORE'S LEPER HOSPITAL IS ONE OF THE FINEST IN THE WORLD. IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1926 AND THE 600 PATIENTS LIVE IN NEAT WELL-BUILT COTTAGES AND ARE SUPPLIED WITH FOOD. PATIENTS WHO HAVE DEPENDENTS, RECEIVED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE HOSPITAL AND THE GOVERNMENT. THE HOSPITAL IS CALLED THE TRAFAIGAR HOME AND IS EQUIPPED WITH MODERN FACILITIES.

    LAST SUNDAY (MAR. 21), A CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED AGAINST LEPROSY. THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT TELLING THE PUBLIC THAT THE DISEASE IS NOT INDISCRIMINATELY CONTAGIOUS, AND THAT WITH TREATMENT BY MODERN DRUGS, IT IS CURABLE. AS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN, A GROUP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS WERE TAKEN ON A TOUR OF THE HOME. THEY LISTENED TO A TALK ON THE DISEASE BY A MEDICAL OFFICER. THEY WERE TOLD HOW BEST TO APPROACH THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS.

    ABOUT 210 LEPROSY CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE HOME EVERY YEAR FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THREE OUT OF EVERY 1,000 PEOPLE HAVE LEPROSY. THE HOME IN PREVIOUS YEARS HAD OVER 1,000 PATIENTS, BUT THE FIGURE HAD NOW DROPPED TO 600, OF WHICH 350 WERE INFECTIOUS CASES.

    MOST OF THE CURED PATIENTS ARE EMPLOYED BY THE HOME AND ARE ENGAGED IN THE HANDICRAFT SECTION. THE WOMEN MAKE HANDBAGS AND SEW DRESSES WHILE THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS ARE ENGAGED IN WEAVING AND BASKETRY. SOME OTHERS HOLD RESPONSIBLE POSTS IN THE HOME -- SUCH AS THIS SMILING MATRON. THE COMPLETED HANDICRAFT ARE THEN PUT ON SALE AND THIS IS PROVING A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS. THE PATIENTS RECEIVE GENEROUS ALLOWANCES FOR THEIR WORK.

    FOOTNOTE: LEPROSY IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE OLDEST DISEASES FROM WHICH MANKIND HAS SUFFERED. AT PRESENT, THE GREATEST INCIDENCE IS IN COUNTRIES WITH A TROPICAL CLIMATE -- AFRICA, INDIA, MALAYSIA AND SOME PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5MB9LKXZR44UHXUEVCZ04GQMY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5MB9LKXZR44UHXUEVCZ04GQMY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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