A Sociological Analysis of Ngomahuru Isolation Hospital
This article falls into two parts; Part 1 is subdivided into the following eight sections: 1. The history of the care of lepers in Rhodesia; 2. The lay-out of the settlement; 3. The settlement administration; 4. The origin of the patients and their age-sex distribution; 5. Their education and occupation; 6. Their marriage and family life; 7. The daily routine of the settlement with special reference to work, schooling, religion and recreation; 8. The cure of lepers. Part II shows a tentative comparison between the leper population of Ngomahuru and the larger universe from which the lepers are drawn. The aim of Part I is to show the social characteristics of hospitalized lepers, the attempts of lepers to build up a new community in Ngomahuru and their difficulties in reintegrating themselves into the wider society once they have been discharged as non-infective or cured. Part II attempts to draw some comparison between the social characteristics of these lepers and the social characteristics of the remaining African population of Rhodesia.
Full Text LinksAquina, O.P., Sister Mary (1969) A Sociological Analysis of Ngomahuru Isolation Hospital, Zambezia Vol.1, no. 1. Harare (formerly Salisbury), Mt. Pleasant: UZ Publications.
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