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West Ham 1934

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

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through the Medical Officer of Health. These children attend
twice weekly, a Municipal Health Visitor being in attendance at
these two sessions. In addition the Sunlight Clinic is open on
three sessions per week for the treatment of those children not
subsidised by the Council's Maternity and Child Welfare Scheme.
Many of the children are referred on account of anaemia
and general debility with flabby musculature : a marked improvement
is evident in certain cases who attend regularly over a period
of several weeks.
Attendances at the Sunlight Clinic.
(1) Municipal Clinic. (2 sessions per week)
Total number of new cases 92
Total attendances for treatment 2773
(2) Day Nursery Clinic. (3 sessions per week)
Total number of new cases 113
Total attendances for treatment 4225
Provision of facilities for Birth Control.
In December, 1934, an arrangement was made between the
National Association for the Provision of Birth Control Clinics and
the Council whereby patients recommended by any of the Clinic
Medical Officers as suitable cases, could be referred to the East
London Women's Welfare Centre, Burdett Road, E. (see pages
65-73). This agreement took effect on 1st January, 1935, and is
proving satisfactory.
Distributions of Dried Milk to Expectant and Nursing Mothers
and to Children under 3 years of age.
This important service has continued to function satisfactorily
: the milk is distributed from five Centres in the Borough, viz. :
84 West Ham Lane, Stratford.
Public Hall, Barking Road, Canning Town.
*Maternity and Child Welfare Centre, Forest Gate.
Maternity and Child Welfare Centre, Westwood Road,
Nurses' Home, Howards Road, Plaistow.
* (Opened in March, 1934, on one day per week)
The dried milk powder is obtained in bulk and packed in 11b.
packets at the Centre in West Ham Lane; it is distributed to the
mothers in special cartons, each bearing directions for mixing
and quantities for use in infant feeding. Samples from each consignment
of milk have been submitted for bacteriological examination,
with satisfactory results.
During 1934 approximately 105 tons have been distributed
under the Council's Scheme.