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20 September 2017

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Thank you Rosa Koran, for this very critical article.

Good writing. Urgent topic.

Corrupt government. Diseased people.

Fr Roche, the other places where leprosy patients were looked after were Gemo Island near Port Moresby, New Hanover in New Island, Yagaum and Daigul in Madang.

Last year, I went to Yampu with five elderly former APOs or Aid Post Orderlies who had worked at Yampu many years ago.

They proudly told me how they had worked hard to eradicate the disease.

A week later, one of the former APO’s died. I still have his photograph.

The other four still remain of whom one is the father of our Chief Surgeon here at Wabag General Hospital, Dr Timothy Pyaku from Sari Catholic Mission near Wabag.

The Seventh Day Adventists had a leprosarium at Togoba in WHP and Catholic church had one at Yampu in Enga. (There were probably other places in other provinces.)

These greatly helped those with leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) at a time when lepers were often treated in isolation from other sick people. I remember a Dr Robson who did great work at Togoba.

As mentioned by Will Self, nowadays leprosy can be cured and it is not in fact very contagious and there is no need for separate places for treatment of leprosy.

One hopes that a re-invigorated health care system can do more to combat the sickness.

Lepers are people created in the image of God and we have to give unconditional love to the poor lepers with deep affection, feelings and a special bond to this group of innocent people who have become outcasts through no fault of their own.

We look after a lot of this suffering people through care and support and came to realise that, want I have done is a blessing. You never know, angels could transform into this sort of people to test your faith like St Francis of Assisi with his encounter with a leper, kissed him, feed him and within a moment the leper disappeared but he was an angel.

This is crazy.

You've got cholera, typhoid, and TB and now leprosy making a comeback and those fat arseholes in parliament can't get their noses out of the trough long enough to do something about it.

Peter O'Neill and his government are killing PNGns.

Leprosy - or Hansons Disease - is one of the hardest to catch and the easiest to cure - yet it still exists.

Just consider if you or your children developed the disease - and you depended on the Department of Health as your saviour.

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