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East Ham 1945

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

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Health Visitors.
(a) Number of Health Visitors employed by Council
at end of year 7
(b) Number of visits paid during the year by
Health Visitors :—
(i) To expectant mothers—1st visits 1,182
Total Visits 1,248
(ii) To children under 1 year—1st visits 1,744
Total Visits 5,734
(iii) To children between the ages of 1 and 5
years Total Visits 6,323
Grand total of all visits to mothers and
children 13,305
(iv) Other visits 507
Infant Welfare Centres.
Total number of children under 5 years of age who first
attended at the Centres and who, on the date of their first
attendance, were:—
(i) Under 1 year of age 1,212
(ii) Over 1 year of age 256
Total number of children under 5 years of age who attended
at the Centres during the year and who, at the end of the year,
(i) Under 1 year of age 948
(ii) Over 1 year of age 1,471
Ante and Post Natal Clinics.
Total number of women who attended :—
(i) Ante-natal clinics 1,766
(ii) Post natal clinics 55
Dr. MacLaren submits the following observations:—
During the year, 1945, the general physical condition of 1he
child under 5 years of age remained good, no child attending the
clinics was found to be suffering from malnutrition, and the
standard of cleanliness was satisfactory, despite the fact that the
housing conditions in many families, largely due to the acute
shortage of houses, caused serious overcrowding. This
situation has necessarily entailed greater supervision, and a
high tribute is due to the Health Visitors for the untiring
efforts they have made to help, and advise the mothers