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East Ham 1950

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

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NATIONAL ASSISTANCE ACT, 1948 - SECTION 47.
The above section of the National Assistance Act, 1948, deals
with the removal to suitable premises of persons In need of care and
attention. I am informed by the Chief Officer of Welfare Services it
has not been found necessary for action to be taken under this section
during the year.
EAST HAM CHEST CLINIC.

The following Information has been obtained from this clinic ;-

No. of attendances at clinic19,085
No. of visits to homes of patients by tuberculosis nurses5,858
No. of tuberculous persons on register on1/1/5031/12/50
Adults1,000986
Children283269
No. of persons under observation on -
Adults109137
Children3277
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The notifications received during the year under review total
pulmonary 80 males, 87 females, a total of 167 and non-pulmonary 6 males
and 9 females, a total of 15. the rate per 1,000 of the population was
1.49 for all forms of tuberculosis.
The number of deaths assigned to all forms of tuberculosis for
the year was 36 and the death rate was 0.29 per .1,000 population.
B.C.G. VACCINATION.
(a) Dr. P. Ellman, Consultant Physician, East Ham Chest Clinic,
has provided me with the following information in respect of the year
1950 2-
Twenty-fIve patients have been vaccinated. Twenty-three were
contacts and two were employees - one at this clinic and the other at East
Ham Memorial Hospital. Of these 25 vaccinated patients, 24 have had
Mantonx conversion after the first vaccination. In one case, Mantonx
conversion was achieved after re-vacclnatlon.

Details of age group and sexes are appended :-

Age GroupMalesFemalesTotal
0-44610
5-146410
15 - 25235
Totals121325
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(b) The Medical Research Council invited this Authority to
co-operate In its controlled clinical trials of anti-tuberculosis vaccine
and after consideration by the Education Committee, East Ham agreed to
participate. Other selected authorities throughout the country have been
included In these trials.
The reasons for undertaking this trial - as set out by the
Medical Research Council - are, broadly as follows:-


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