Harbor for HIV/AIDS carriers a covert isolation?
A hospital in North China's Shanxi Province had set up a complex for HIV/AIDS sufferers where they could receive treatment and make a living, Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.
The Linfen City Infectious Disease Hospital last year rented the land from Licun Village, some 10 kilometers from the hospital, with 1.5 million yuan (US$182,926). Hospital staff called it "Green Harbor," in the hope that it could offer not only physical treatment but also psychological comfort for HIV/AIDS sufferers and their families.
The area is divided into three zones: treatment zone, logistics zone and work zone.
Patients and their families can grow grain, vegetables and flowers in the 70-mu work zone, and then sell the farm produce to make some money.
The area also has an entertainment venue, a library and a gym.
There are 840,000 HIV/AIDS sufferers in China. While the Chinese people's knowledge of HIV/AIDS was improving greatly, there was still wide-spread fear and bias toward the disease.
As a result, many HIV/AIDS suffers can't work like normal people although their symptoms had not fully developed.
While different views voice on the Internet doubting the "green Harbor" a covert isolation of HIV/AIDS suffers from a normal society.
"They may feel abandoned by the society as they are strinking labeled as HIV/AIDS suffers by living in this kind of place." said one citizen on a Chinese online bulletin.