Taiwan: Activists urge NHS status for country's first leprosy sanatorium

Local activists yesterday urged the government to list the country’s first hospital for leprosy patients as a national historic site, after returning from a world forum they said expressed support for the preservation of the sanatorium.

International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA) Taiwan director-general Chang Yun-ming (張雲明) urged Council for Cultural Affairs Minister Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) to designate Losheng (Happy Life) Sanatorium, built in the 1930s in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Sinjhuang District (新莊) to segregate leprosy patients from society, as a national historic site.

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