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Islington 1962

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


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    All Ages0-1-5-15-25-45-65-75-
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    COMPARATIVE VITAL STATISTICS - 1949 TO 1962 (Compiled from Registrar-General's Returns)
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    SUMMARY OF INFANT MORTALITY 196 2 (Based on Registrar General's Returns)
    Primary Cause of DeathUnder 1 dayDaysWeeksMonths19621961
    1 - 22 - 33 - 44 - 55 - 66 - 71 - 22 - 33 - 41 - 22 - 33 - 44 - 55 - 66 - 77 - 88 - 99 - 1010 - 1111 - 12TotalsTotals
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    The Annual Report for 1961 contained the preliminary report of the 1961 Census The Fegistrar General's more detailed County of London rtepcrc was received in the early part of 1963, and the following further Returns from this Report can therefore now be given.
    PersonsPersonsMalesFemalesPersons per acre
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    Commonwealth Countries. Colonies & Protectorates
    CyprusIndiaPakistanCaribbean Territories*
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    The following table (extracted from the Registrar General's Returns) gives the estimated number of children under the age of 15 years in the County of London and in Islington:
    Under 1 year1 - 4Total under 55 - 14Total under 15
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    The total death rate was fractionally lower than in 1961 in falling from 11.1 to 11.0. Deaths from the respiratory causes of influenza pneumonia and bronchitis were also somewhat lower and the following table is reproduced for the current year showing the seasonal influences affecting deaths due to respiratory causes
    Under 1 year1 - 5455 - 6465 - 7475*Total
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    Deaths in men due to lung cancer affects the middle aged rather than the more elderly. 55 per cent. of the deaths occurred in men under the age of 65 years.
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    This occurred in males for all age groups with the exception of the 25-45 age group and females except those in 65/75 age group..
    Ages25 -45 -65 -75 -Total
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    The following table gives the deaths from accidents to Islington residents from 1953 onwards:-
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    In the following table causes of accidental deaths in 1962 are analysed, in their respective age groups:-
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    SECTION B PREVALENCE AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS AND OTHER DISEASES Notifiable Infectious Diseases and Deaths during the year 1962
    DiseaseNumber of NotificationsNumber of DeathsRemoved to HospitalNumber of Cases returned to Registrar-General after correction of DiagnosisCases "coming to knowledge but not Notified
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    Domiciliary Visiting of Infectious Disease Cases and Contacts - No, of Visits
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    The following is the table of successful vaccinations performed over the past fifteen years:-
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    The following table shows the age groups of the notified cases during 1962:-
    Under 1 year1 - 55 years and uowards
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    Whooping Cough Only 51 notifications of Whooping Cough were received during 1962 which is even less than for the previous year which was then the lowest on record The age groups are as follows:-
    Under 1 year1 - 55 years and upwards
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    Whooping cough Propliylaxis
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    Home visiting of measles and whooping cough cases was carried out by the Home Visitors as under:-
    No. of Investigations
    MeaslesWhooping CoughNo. of Ineffective VisitsRe-visits
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    There were only two confirmed cases of poliomyelitis in 1962. This maintains t extremely low level referred to in last year's Annual Report whei there was only 1 confirmed case.
    No. ReportedNo. CONFIRMED
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    The following figures show the numbers of persons who have been protected at L.C.C. Clinics and by medical practitioners in 1962 in the whole of the Division comprising the areas of the Boroughs of Finsbury, Holborn and Islington.
    Age Groups
    0-4 yrs.5-1920-29OthersTotal
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    Cases and Deaths 1927-1962
    YearNotified CasesDeathsYearNotified CasesConfirmed CasesDeathsYearNotified CasesConfirmed CasesDeaths
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    Corrected Notifications
    YearEngland and WalesLondonIslington
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    Number of notifications received
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    In accordance with Circular 2/50 of the Ministry of Health the following table summarises the outbreaks of food poisoning and the character of each outbreak:—
    DateNo. of NotificationNo. of person servedNo. of cases reportedNo. of deathsFood and invllved Organisms responsible
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    Month 1962No. of CasesNotifiedComing to knowledgeConfirmed CasesSexAGE GROUPSCases employee as food handlersFood Handler ContactsWater Closet Accommodation
    0-1-5-15-25-45-65-Same familySeparate familySeparateShared
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    New Cases and Mortality during 1962
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    The corresponding figures for previous years are:-
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    Cases on Chest Clinic Registers
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    Static X-Ray Centre TABLE A
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    No. x-rayedNo. of CasesRate per 1000
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    Of the adults treated for verminous conditions, a substantial proportion are in the elderly who, apart from not having the washing facilities available, are also self-neglectful in varying degrees.
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    Home Visiting Follow-up home visiting for cases of scabies and vermin was carried out by the Home Visitors of the Treatment Centre as under:-
    Families VisitedRevisitsIneffective VisitsTotal
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    Bacteriological Examinations All specimens for bacteriological examination dealt with through the Department are submitted to the Public Health Laboratory Service, County Hall, S, E.1
    Examinations carried out Total
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    This amount is apportioned as follows under the respective Acts and Sections:-
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    Public Health (London) Act, 1936 Failure to comply with Statutory Notices contrary to Section 82
    DateAddressMagistrate's Decision
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    DateAddressMagistrate's Decision
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    DateAddressMagistrate's Decision
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    Failure to comply with Statutory Notices contrary to Section 95
    DateAddressMagistrate's Decision
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    Failure to comply with Magistrate's Abatement Order.
    DateAddressMagistrate's Decision
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    SMOKE CONTROL AREAS Revised phased programme
    North IslingtonCanonburyKing's Cross
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    Monthly Deposits recorded by the Deposit Gauges and Sulphur-Dioxide by the Lead-Peroxide Method
    MonthSite No.Rainfall in inches(Tons per square mile)Mg of SO3/ day collected by 100 sq. cm. of Batch, A lead Peroxide (Louvered Box)
    Insoluble DepositSoluble DepositTotal Solids
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    Concentration of Smoke and Sulphur Dioxide recorded-by the Volumetric Method at the two stations in the Borough
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    Work of Public Health Inspectors Ad mi nistering Factories Act, 1961, and other legislation. Factories Act, 1961
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    Public Health (London) Act, 1936.
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    PART I OF THE ACT Prescribed Particulars on the Administration of the Factories Act, 1961 1. Inspections for the purposes of provisions as to health (including inspections made by Public Health Inspectors.)
    Number of
    PremisesNumber on RegisterInspectionsWritten NoticesOccupiers prosecuted
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    2. Cases in which Defects were Pound.
    ParticularsNumber of cases in which defects were foundNumber of cases in which prosecutions were instituted
    To H.M. InspectorBy H.M. Inspector
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    PART VIII OF THE ACT Outwork (Sections 133 and 134).
    No. of outworkers in August list required by Sec. 133(l)(c)No. of cases of default in sending lists to the CouncilNo. of prosecutions for failure to supply listsNo. of instances of work in unwholesome premisesNotices servedProsecutions
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    No. of outworkers in August list required by Sec. 133(1)(c)No. of cases of default in sending lists to the CouncilNo. prosecutions for failure to supply listsNo. of instances of work in unwholesome premisesNotices servedProsecutions
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    The number of inspections, etc. of offensive trades premises were:-
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    (a) General The following is a summary of the work carried out during the year:-
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    4 Sewer Treatments were carried out including a test made prior to the first Treatment. Details are as follows:-
    No. of Manholes in BoroughPrebait LaidDirect Poison (1081) laid
    29. 1.625.2.6230,4 6227.8.6227.11.62
    Bai tedNot BaitShowingBait edNot BaitedBaitedNot BaitedBaitedNot BaitedBaitedNot Baited
    Complete TakesPrebait TakesNo Takes
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    SECTION D HOUSING (In conjunction with Mr. W.C. Bartlett, Chief Public Health Inspector). The County of London Report giving certain detailed information which was incorporated in the 1961 Census was published in the early part of 1963, and provides valuable information relevant to the social and housing circumstances of the population in the Borough. Because of its housing significance, certain extracts are included here:
    Private households and dwellings, 1961
    Private householdsPopulation in private householdsStructurally separate dwellings occupiedRooms occupiedDensity of occupation
    Persons per roomPercentage of persons at more than 1½ per room
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    The following table gives the household arrangements in relation to the availability or otherwise of piped cold water, piped hot water, a fixed bath and water closet:
    All Households
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    All Households
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    Complaints of alleged unfitness were received in respect of the following:-
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    Food and Drugs Act, 1955
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    Preserved Food Premises Registered under Section 16 (1) (b) of the Food and Drugs Act, 1955
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    Details of the inspections etc. by the Inspectors are given below:
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    Legal Proceedings Details of the action taken by the Council under the Pood and Drugs Act, 1955, and the Pood Hygiene Regulations made thereunder are as follows:-
    DateOffenceMagistrate's Decision
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    DateOffenceMagistrate's Decision
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    Unsound Food During the year 36 complaints of unsound food were received. The total amount of food condemned was:-
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    In accordance with the requirements of the Public Health (Meat) Regulations, 1924/52, notices were received during the year in respect of the intended slaughter of animals for human consumption. Details of action taken are as follows -
    Cattle Excluding CowsCowsCalvesSheep and LambsPigsHorses
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    Cattle Excluding CowsCowsCalvesSheep and LambsPigsHorses
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    The following table given through the courtesy of the Cleansing Superintendent provides details of the weekly average number of persons who availed themselves of the Council's facilities Traders are becoming more aware of these facilities the number of persons taking advantage of them being on the increase
    ConvenienceJanFeb.Mar.Apr.MayJuneJul.Aug.Sept.Oct.Nov.Dec.Approx. weekly average throughout year
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    Home Accident Cases reported by the London Ambulance Service
    London CountyIslington
    No. of casesRate per 10,000 populationNo. of casesRate per 10,000 population
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    Conferences and Courses The following conferences and courses were attended during the year by members of the Public Health Committee and Officers of the Department:-
    Conference or CourseDatesAttended By
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    Aged and Infirin - Action taken under Statutory Powers
    Name and AgeReason for Council's ActionPeriod Named in OrderType of accommodation to which removedUltimate Result
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    Maternity and Child Welfare Centres -The days and times of sessions are as follows:-
    CENTREAnte-Natal & Post NatalChildren'sToddlersDentalDiptheria ImmunisationPoliomyelitis InoculationSmallpox Vaccination