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 number of cases of defective vision referred to the
Ophthalmic Clinic was 103 including one case of squint.
Twenty-three children, with less marked visiual defect are being
kept under observation.
(h) Ear Disease and Hearing.
Four children were found to be suffering from otitis media,
four exhibited slight hearing defect and eight other cases of
ear disease were noted.
(i) Dental Defects.
Of a total of 9,163 children examined at routine dental
inspection, 3,537 or 38.6 per cent. were in need of dental
No children were found to be suffering from defects of nutrition; the member and percentage of slight subnormality shews a small increase over recent years as indicated by the following tables:-
|Year||Number of Children Inspected||Excellent||Normal||Slightly Sub normal||Bad|
|1944||2471||301||12 2||2162||87 5||8||03||—||—|
|1945||3604||412||12 3||2894||86 4||44||13||—||—|
The incidence of infectious diseases among children attending
the schools remained low.
The School Nurses have paid 1,859 visits during the year
to the homes of children in whom defects were found at medical
inspection and for special investigations.