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Stepney 1946

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]

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The control of flies and other vermin has been much
simplified by the new insecticides perfected during the war.
"D.D.T.", both in powdered form and in spray, is extensively
used by the disinfosting staff for treating homes and furniture.
When parents become conscious of the effectiveness of
good D.D.T. preparations and their extreme simplicity in use,
children's heads infested with nits and lice will soon be a
memory of the past. Suitable and pleasant hair creams are
supplied at all the Council's infant welfare centres and
day nurseries.
Road traffic deaths were reduced, from 18 in 1945 to 11
in 1946 - no doubt partly attributable to the local Road
Safety Campaign.
I would like to express my thanks to the Chairmen and
members of the Committees for their suppport and interest
throughout the year, and to the staff for their very willing
help and co-operation.
I have the honour to be, Your Worship, Ladies and
Your obedient servant,
Medical Officer of Health.