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Battersea 1943

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Battersea Borough]

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Sanitary Circumstances.

The following table sets out in summarised form the details of the work of the department in relation to sanitation: —

Complaints received4.029Water supply—
House inspections28,533New houses certified-
Shop Act inspections13Additional to tenement houses2
Factory, etc., inspections2,781
Gipsy van inspectionsWater closets provided, etc.5
Drains-Smoke observations25
Smoke tests27Notices served—
Water tests146Intimation2,202
Relaid14Statutory-—
Repaired238Sections 197 and 220506
Plans received39Fifth schedule, etc.989
Persons cleansed (including 5253 children)7,240Mortuary—
Bodies received441
Premises disinfected1,619P.M. examinations438
Articles disinfected20,999Inquests148
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Scabies and Vermin.—As from 1st August, scabies became a notifiable
infectious disease. Up to the end of the year 413 cases were
notified.
The number of baths given to persons suffering from scabies during
the year was 5,624 (1,942 adults and 3,682 children). The falling off in
the number of baths from that of 1942 (8,583) is due to the fact that with
the benzyl benzoate treatment which is now provided a single bath is
sufficient in most cases whereas under the treatment previously available three baths were necessary.
Two notices were served under the scabies order, but in no ease
was it found necessary to resort to legal proceedings.
The number of baths given for other verminous conditions was 1,616
(75 adults ; 1,541 children).
Head Lice.—It has been the practice for many years to refer to the
Personal Cleansing Station all cases of Head lice discovered by the
staff during home visiting, at the Welfare Centres, or at War-Time
Nurseries.
1518 children referred by the school medical service were treated
for head lice.
Legal proceedings to enforce various requirements or for the recovery
of Penalties incurred by the breach of statutory requirements were taken
in 35 instances; fines were inflicted amounting to £59 and costs to
£21.
Factories and Homework.—The number of factories in which
Mechanical means are used decreased by 3 to 248, and of non-mechanical
factories increased by 4 to 124. Inspections of these premises numbered
1958. The number of homeworkers decreased by 33 to '25.


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