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Barking 1926

[Report of the School Medical Officer for Barking

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Printed instructions are in all cases sent to parents or guardians
of children excluded from school as result of verminous conditions,
cleansing of the verminous person and clothing when necessary
being subsequently undertaken at the School Cleansing Station.
During 1926, 120 cases were dealt with.
Clothing.—Children with dirty clothing numbered 14 or 0.5
per cert., compared with 10 or 0.47 per cent. in 1925. Children
with defective footgear numbered 10 or 0.3. Cases of children with
defective footgear were as heretofore referred to the Boots Minor
Sub-Committee, who considered applications for the provision of
boots in 198 cases, compared with 133 in 1925. In all 186 children
were supplied with boots during the year.

(b)Heights and Weights.—The following table gives the average heights and weights of children examined at the three undermentioned age periods in four of the schools, compared with the results at similar age periods in 1925.

Age PeriodAverage Height in inches.Average Weight in pounds
5 years42.142.441.140.3
8 years49.0549.954.154.6
12 years56.557.578.882.4
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(c) Minor Ailments.—Minor ailments are seen, daily at 9 a.m.,
excepting Sundays, at the Clinic premises in East Street, the
staffing of this Clinic being provided by nurses of the Plaistow
Maternity Charity.
For particulars of cases treated, see Table IV, Group I.
Instances of uncleanliness found amongst children seen at
this Clinic were those excluded by teachers, school nurses, or
attendance officers prior to being re-admitted to school.

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