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Stepney 1938

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]

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(e) Proceedings taken during the year:—
No. of cases. Act and Section under which
proceedings were taken.
1 Public Health (London) Act, 1936,
section 257 (4) and section 259 (a).
(f) Number of cases in which the local authority has given a sanction
during the year:-
(i) under Sec. 210 of the Public Health Act, 1936, or
Sec. 259 of the Public Health (London) Act, 1936 nil
(ii) under (b) „ „ „ nil
(iii) under (c) „ „ „ nil
(g) Number of orders obtained during the year under Sec. 212 of the
Public Health Act, 1936, or Sec. 261 of the Public Health (London)
Act, 1936
(i) from a court of summary jurisdiction nil
(ii) from a single Justice nil
Feeding of Infants, etc..
Breast fed at birth 95.6%
,, ,, at six months 63.2%
Artificially fed at birth 4.4%
,, „ at six months 36.8%
No. of Infants breast fed at birth 2,346
,, „ artificially fed at birth 117
„ „ dead before the visit of Health Visitor 45
„ „ removed before the visit of the Health Visitor 129
„ „ untraced 17
Health Visiting.—There are 7 Municipal Infant Welfare Centres and 9
Voluntary Centres in the Borough. Details of the work of the Health Visitors
and Centres are given on pages 30 and 31.
Prevention of Deafness.—Three cases received treatment under the
arrangements with the London County Council for the treatment of children,
suffering from ear defects.

Convalescent Treatment.—During the year, mothers and children were sent away to the homes mentioned below:-

St. Mary's, Dover4676
All Saints' Convalescent Home, Eastbourne254
Zachary Merton, Rustington510
St. Mary's, Birchington107