Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]
The following' is a synopsis of the work of the School Health
Service for the year 1945, as compared with previous statistics:
COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF WORK.
|Routine and Special Inspection (on school premises) : —|
|*Maintained Secondary Schools||-||-||-||-||969|
|*Maintained Primary Schools||-||-||-||-||1,741|
|Consultations at School Clinics||2,765||10,786||12,37R||10,574||9,616|
|Treatments at School Clinics||3,425||11,746||9,757||8,935||5,012|
|General Cleanliness Visits to Schools||175||276||227||223|
|Nurses' Visits to Homes||4,680||3,781||4,124|
|Children Examined for Cleanliness||12,107||15,769||28,427||2,955 22,573||1,859 25,448|
*Since 1/4/45. †UP to 31/3/4 51
FINDINGS OF MEDICAL INSPECTION.
The continuing conditions of rationing do not appear to have
affected the physical condition of the children to any appreciable
extent and the general health of the scholars examined is satisfactory.
This encouraging condition is due in no small measure
to the provision of milk and meals in schools and the emphasis
placed on physical training, gymnastics and games.
Increased provision for medical treatment at the Minor
Ailment Clinics is also responsible for the maintenance of the
standard of fitness.
The following' comparative table indicates the number and percentage of children inspected during the year 1945, found to be in need of medical or surgical treatment:—
|NUMBER OF CHILDREN||*Percentage of children found to require treatment|
|Inspected||"Found to require treatment|
*Excluding Defects of Nutrition, Uncleanliness and Dental Diseases.