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Free treatment helps leprosy patients

Monthly clinics offered by nuns puts 35 elderly victims on the road to recovery

The elderly benefit from the nuns' free treatment
The elderly benefit from the nuns' free treatment
  • Fransiskus P. Seran, Kupang
  • Indonesia
  • April 20, 2011
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Elderly people with leprosy in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara are making good recoveries thanks to free monthly medical treatment and medicines offered by Servants of the Holy Spirit nuns.

The free program has been running for a year and is held at St. Joseph Clinic by two nuns assisted by 11 clinic staff.

Around 35 elderly patients from surrounding areas attended a treatment session yesterday.

“The nuns always pay attention to us and take care of us wholeheartedly. Sometimes they also visit us on non-treatment days to check up on our condition,” said Magdalena Falio after her treatment.

She said the program has helped her almost completely recover from the disease, which she contracted several years ago.

Afliani Ena, a nurse, said the patients have all nearly recovered thanks to the program’s step-by-step approach.

She said the only problem has been unwillingness among some patients to take their medicines on daily basis.

“That is why they need advice and guidance,” she said.

Besides the free medicines and treatment, the nuns have also distributed rice, instant noodles, milk, cooking oil, and used clothing to the patients.

East Nusa Tenggara province has one of the highest leprosy rates in Indonesia. Only Kalimantan and Papua have more.

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