It was a Sunday so we didnt expect we can visit the museum since it is closed on Sundays.. BUT.. our kind hosts were able to make arrangements and VOILA!!... it was opened especially for us!! :)
I am personally grateful for this chance to finally see what's inside this building because since we were assigned to Culion's medical mission in 2009, I have been googling on this historical island which served as the Leper colony and was amazed of these people who bravely and selflessly took care of these people..
It is located inside the compound of the town’s hospital and sanitarium, the Culion Museum and Archives houses the most detailed and significant information about the establishment of the leprosarium in the island in 1906 up to the development of the cure, the multi-drug therapy, in the 1980s. It is a memorial honoring the brave men and women — physicians, nurses, pharmacists, priests, pastors, and technicians — who “had answered the call of duty and had served the leprosy patients with utmost love, dedication, and care.” We also learned from our guide that the grandfather of our host, was part of the team who took care of these people as the Nurse in Charge.
I was also brokenhearted from the pictures of the Balala Nusery where babies were separated from their parents with leprosy. These babies stayed in the community but were visited by their parents once a week, but only through a glass window.
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