HC Deb 14 May 1928 vol 217 c682W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give particulars of the number of lepers in Palestine; are they segregated in hospitals or homes; and what other provision exists for their care and treatment?


In February, 1926, it was estimated that there were less than 80 lepers in Palestine. I am not in possession of more recent figures, but the High Commissioner then informed me that the disease appeared to be dying out naturally. In 1927 the Moravian Leper Hospital at Jerusalem had on the average 28.75 in-patients, and 24 lepers received out-patient treatment at Government dispensaries. The High Commissioner is satisfied that sufficient facilities exist in Palestine for the treatment of leprosy.