The following table shows the number of children examined at routine and special inspections during 1926, classified according to the schools attended, the number of inspections held in each school and the number of parents or guardians present:-
|School.||No. of inspections.||Numbers inspected.||No. of parents present.|
|Church of England||13||130||142||137|
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(5) FINDINGS OF MEDICAL INSPECTIONS.
Table II, Appendix (a), gives a return of defects found
during the course of routine examination. Of those examined at
routine and special inspections, 1091, or 39.7 per cent., had some
defect, and the actual percentage requiring treatment was 22.5.
(a) Uncleanliness.—This defect in more recent years has
shown a constant and satisfactory decline. Owing to the condition
of some of the homes from which the children come, and
of the other inmates, this defect cannot be stamped out by the
School Medical Service alone. In this connection, close co-operation
with the sanitary authority is valuable, though the homes of
children are visited and parents instructed in the cleansing of heads,
bodies, etc. as the case may be.
Surveys under the above heading were carried out at (i)
routine medical inspections, and (ii) special inspections conducted
by the school nurses.
(i) At the former, 299 children out of a total of 2,748, or
10.8 per cent., had nits in their hair, while 3 or 0.1 per cent. had head