Some 30,000 Africans in Nyasaland are afflicted by leprosy. Of these, 3,000 are contagious cases?
SV?PAN Interior.. laboratory
SV. Dr. Currie with African assistant
GV.PAN Patients being paid pocket money by Mr. Coffin's sister
LV. Township settlement for in-patients
SLV. Buildings of settlement
SV. Four male patients
CU.PAN Patients faces
CU.PAN Patients faces
SV. Patient wheeled in barrow by another
SV.PAN Group round male patients dancing
CV. Xylophone players
CV. Men dancing
CU. Dancing feet
SV. PAN Main entrance to hospital with Currie and Sister Pedley
SV. Currie and Pedley
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Background: Some 30,000 Africans in Nyasaland are afflicted by leprosy. Of these, 3,000 are contagious cases and are treated at a number of settlements, known as Lepersariums, This Lepersarium at Kochira is built in the bush eleven miles from Fort Manning and has some 600 patients, plus babies born to inmates in spite of all efforts to segregate the sexes.
The settlement was founded in 1951, with Dr. G. Currie the sole medical officer, assisted by Sister Pedley and Mr. H.D.G.Coffin. The African staff consists of one Medical Assistant, two Medical Aids and one senior clerk. The High cost of running the Lepersarium is met both by Government and public subscription,
Inmates are employed when possible in road making, building and raising food crops. A herd of 120 cattle provides a small percentage of milk and beef required for the patients diet. Meat rations at Kochira, cost GBP5,000 a year.
Good food, the correct type of physical labour - dependent on the patient's condition - and a happy mental outlook, are important factors in the treatment. Educational classes and games are organized and dancing and singling encouraged. Pocket money is issued to patients - four pence a day for adults, one penny or two pence a day for children - according to age.
Patients receive treatment twice a week until free of contagion. They are then sent back to their villages to lead a normal life, but receive medicine from their local dispensaries each week.
Dr. Currie's hope is to see leprosy stamped out of Africa during his lifetime.