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Bermondsey 1915

Report on the sanitary condition of the Borough of Bermondsey for the year 1915

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In Table XII. of Appendix will be found particulars of the
general sanitary work by the District Inspectors during 1915, and
in Table IX. the number of premises on the Registers to which
special attention has been paid.
The house-to-house inspections number 4,374. This is 962
below the total for the previous year, and is an average of 547
per Inspector, against 667 in 1914.
4,356 intimation notices were served, compared with 4,949
and 1,111 statutories, against 1,302 in the previous year.
Work in connection with the Military Authorities.
In pursuance of the arrangements mentioned in my last Annual
Report on the Military duties of Sanitary authorities, the inspectors
paid weekly visits to the places where soldiers were billeted in the
Borough. These billets were of two kinds—at private houses and
at certain important points on the lines of communication where
there were more or less permanent garrisons. At various times
during the year soldiers were billeted in 191 private houses and to
these 1,170 weekly visits were paid by the district inspectors. The
number of men in the other billets on various points of the railway
averaged about 500 and the total number of visits paid to these
were 1,642.
The number of letters written to and from the military authorities
were 98, and in 24 of these improvements in the billets were
effected owing to representations made to Commanding Officers.
All cases of infectious disease occurring in connection with
the soldiers who were in billets or on leave were immediately
communicated to the Commanding Officer of the unit concerned
and the soldiers were not allowed to return to camp until they had a
certificate of disinfection from this Department.