London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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East Ham 1948

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

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Reference is made to the value of school meals and milk in the
improved physical and dental condition of many age groups.
I have no doubt this factor plays a great part in the robust development
of the scholars, and would strongly urge any possible improvement
in the quality of the meals to attract yet a greater number of
pupils who refrain at present from participation in them. The
social value of meals and mealtimes, especially to new entrants,
is not yet fully appreciated, for it is only by increasing his range of
human contacts and experiences, that the child develops as a
social creature and thus loses the tyrannical sway he often holds
over the home in the pre-school years.
In general all defects uncovered during routine medical
inspections have been appropriately referred to hospitals,
practitioners or clinics, and thereby remedied, and the service
continues to play an important part in preventing loss of schooling
time through sickness and sub-normal health.
Summary of Inspections and Re-inspections.
Periodic Inspections :
At Schools 6,665
Special Inspections :
At Schools 208
At School Health Clinics 3,342
Handicapped Pupils 147
For Employment 34
For Special Courses, etc 227
Re-inspections at Schools 2,675
Re-inspections at Clinics 7,125