Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Eversley Childs Sanitarium

Our clinical duty this week is at Eversley Childs Sanitarium.

A few things about the hospital:

Eversley Childs was an American industrialist. In 1928 he donated money for the sanitarium to be built (I guess he's a philantropist). On that year construction was started and was finished two years later. It opened in May 1930 and was turned over to the government.

The sanitarium's area is very wide: 27 hectares.

It is the second largest and oldest sanitarium in the whole country (there are only 8 in total). The first is the one in Culion island, in Palawan.

It originally exclusively functioned as a leprosarium, but when a new and more effective treatment was developed in 1981 (Multi-drug therapy) which led to the dwindling of the number of leprosy cases, it expanded its services to avoid being shut down. Thus, today, it serves as a regular secondary hospital.

I read this touching account of a woman who was admitted in ECS in 1939 in this website: The Oral History Project of the ILA Global Project on the History of Leprosy. I find it helpful to know about the place's history. It feels less alienating and more interesting.


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