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East Ham 1930

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]

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It will be noted that the low incidence in the number of
children suffering from uncleanliness is maintained, and great
credit is due to the School Nurses, whose untiring efforts have
been entirely responsible for ensuring this diminished incidence in
cases of uncleanliness, but there is no doubt that systematic and
practical instruction in hygiene by the teachers would tend to
eliminate completely such conditions.
In addition to the routine general cleanliness survey, some
hundreds of children have been examined by the School Nurses at
the request of the Authorities of the Children's Country Holiday
Fund and other voluntary organisations. The examinations have
been conducted just prior to the departure of the children for
summer holiday camps.
(b) Minor Ailments.
As has been the case in former years, few minor ailments
were discovered at routine medical inspection, owing to the
vigilance displayed by teachers and nurses, and to the growing
interest of parents in such matters.

Such cases, frequently recognised in the early stages, have been immediately referred to one of the School Clinics.

Chief Minor AilmentsDiscovered at Routine Medical Inspection,Discovered by Teachers and Nurses and sent to Clinic
Ear Disease8962111158
Ringworm (Scalp)4455
Ringworm (Body)--1636

(c) Tonsils and Adenoids.
4.9 per cent. of the children examined during the year were
referred for treatment for "tonsils and adenoids," either separately
or combined, as compared with 5.2 per cent. in the year
1929. Of these, much enlarged tonsils accounted for 1.4 per
cent.; definite adenoids were present in 0.4 per cent., and the