A major new anti-leprosy centre, built at a cost of 50 million CFA frances (GPB100,000 sterling), was opened in Djougou, Dahomey, last week.
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Background: A major new anti-leprosy centre, built at a cost of 50 million CFA frances (GPB100,000 sterling), was opened in Djougou, Dahomey, last week. It has been financed by an order established in the Middle Ages to combat world disease -- the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of Malta.
The Grand Chancellor of the order, Baillie quintin Gwyn, led a party of Hospitallers to Djougou for the opening ceremony. Members of the order and of the Dahomey government -- led by Justice Minister Bathelemy Ohouens -- spoke of the tradition of medical aid which the Hospitallers have given since their foundation nine centuries ago.
Among the facilities offered by the new centre in the fight against leprosy will be a dispensary, a surgical block, a laboratory, hospital wards and a special section for the treatment of children.
SYNOPSIS: For centuries, members of the knights Hospitaller of Malta have been travelling the world aiding the fight against disease. Last week, a top level group, led by their Grand Chancellor Baillie Quintin Gwyn arrived at Djougou, north Dahomey, to inspect one of the latest hospitals financed by the order. Members of the Dahomey government were among the welcoming party.
At Djougou, the Hospitallers have financed a major new anti-leprosy centre, built at a cost of fifty-million CFA france.
At the opening ceremony last week, the Order 's Grand Chancellor said that the new centre forged another important link in the worldwide fight against disease. He added his personal hope that the new centre would help play its part in ridding the area of physical and moral suffering.
Dahomey's Justice Minister Lieutenant-Colonel Barthelemy Ohouens watched the Grand Chancellor officially open the centre. The facilities it provides for the fight against leprosy include a dispensary, a surgical unit, and laboratory and a special section for the treatment of children.