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Bermondsey 1932

Report on the sanitary condition of the Borough of Bermondsey for the year 1932

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There were 16 cases of Small-pox during the year. This is
an increase as compared with 3 last year, but on the whole this
borough has been exceptionally fortunate as compared with other
metropolitan boroughs, in having so few cases.
No re-vaccinations were performed under the Public Health
(Small-pox Prevention) Regulations, 1917.
The number of cases reported was 1,730 as compared with
1,418 in the last epidemic year (1930) and 216 last year. Of these,
240 cases were removed to hospital and nursing was provided for
68 cases at home. There were 25 deaths, 7 at home and 18 in

OPHTHALMIA NEONATORUM. The following table gives particulars of the number of cases of this disease. In five instances nursing was provided:—

CasesVision Un-ImpairedVision ImpairedTotal BlindnessDeaths
At homeIn Hospital

The subsequent history of one case which was treated in
hospital could not be ascertained owing to the removal of the
family to an unknown address.
The number of cases notified was, as follows:-
Puerperal Fever 8
Puerperal Pyrexia 27
Facilities are provided by the Council for assistance in the
diagnosis and treatment of these cases. These facilities include
the provision of the services of a consultant and of a nurse where
necessary. We also undertake bacteriological examinations and
arrange for the admission of patients to hospital where this is