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Hornsey 1943

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hornsey, Borough of]

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CLEANSING AND DISINFECTING STATION.
Cleansing of infested persons and the disinfection of clothing are
important public health measures at all times—but in war it is
invariably found that more work of this kind has to be carried out.
The possibility of the introduction into this country of louse-borne
typhus, and the fact that scabies infestation had already reached
epidemic proportions, called urgently for extension of the provisions
for cleansing and disinfection.
All this work was previously done at the Depot, High Street,
Hornsey. Under the new arrangements only male persons are treated
at the old Cleansing Depot. Women and children are dealt with at a
new Cleansing Station close by the School Clinic at the rear of the
Town Hall. Disinfection of clothing is earned out by agreement with
the Finchley, Hornsey, Wood Green and Friern Barnet Joint Hospital
Committee at the Isolation Hospital, Muswell Hill.
All these arrangements are working satisfactorily and assist the
staffs of the Public Health, Maternity and Child Welfare and School
Medical Departments in combating head lice and improving the
general standard of cleanliness. No legal action has been taken under
the Scabies Order in 1943.
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INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
(Section F.)
DIPHTHERIA IMMUNISATION.
The following are the numbers of children immunised during
1943: —
Under 5 years of age 1,286
Over 5 years of age 534
Total 1,820
VACCINATION.
The Public Vaccinators inform me that they performed vaccination
of persons in the Borough during 1943 as follows: —
Dr. E. Buckler 236
Dr. R. Mackay 495
PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS.
(PUBLIC HEALTH ACT, 1925, SECTION 66.)
Two cases of ophthalmia neonatorum were notified, both cases
being nursed at home.

There was no case of blindness resulting from this infection.

CasesVision unimpaired.Vision impaired.Total blindness.Deaths.
Notified.Treated.
At home.In hospital or nursing home.
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