The last leper house in EU converted to palliative care center

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The last leper house in the European Union operating at Tichilesti, Tulcea County could turn into social assistance or palliative care center.

“We are trying to give this center a social medical care use so that it should adjust to the new realities,” Laurentia Militaru, head of the Tulcea Public Health Direction told Agerpres.

According to the quoted source, 15 patients were admitted to the leper house at the end of 2014.

But, as the World Bank health experts have already remarked, leper patients are not hospitalized anymore on long-term.

“The disease is nursed with antibiotics. Leper patients are not permanently hospitalized anymore in any other country in the world. For example, tuberculosis is a much more serious disease,” the WB health consultant, Cristina Petcu was stating in October last year.

Leper is not contagious anymore but it is however cureless. According to a BBC report five years ago, Tichilesti was a restricted area during communism, but now patients are allowed to get out, with the doctor’s permission. Yet, most of them, quite aged now, choose to stay indoors.

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