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Camden 1967

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Camden]

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4.24.5 There are three wells in the Borough, one on factory premises and two at the
public baths at Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town. Four samples of the well water
were taken during each year, two of which were submitted for chemical and two for
bacteriological examination. All proved satisfactory.
5. OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
CLEANSING OF PERSONS
5.1 Attendances at the Dennis Geffen Public Health Annexe, the Council's
ing and disinfecting station, showed a fall in all categories, with an overall reduction of
27 per cent, between 1967 and 1968. Details follow:-

5.1.1 SCABIES

MenWomenChildrenTotal
1966344309311964
19673872663791032
1968234214221669
5.1 2 VERMINOUS CONDITIONS
MenWomenChildrenTotal
Head Lice - 1966Nil5196147
- 1967Nil75144219
- 1968Nil3090120
Body Lice - 196629928193 46
- 196727132Nil303
- 196821621Nil237
Crab Lice - 19664771154
- 196764NilNil64
- 196868NilNil68
Totals - 196634686115547
- 1967335107144586
- 19682845190425
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5.1.3 Most of the children needing cleansing came from schools in the borough and
were treated by arrangement with the Inner London Education Authority.
DISINFECTION AND DISINFESTATION
5.2.1 Whilst in general the main requirement to prevent the spread of infection is
thorough cleansing with soap and water, there remains a popular demand for disinfection
after some ailments. The rooms we are asked to disinfect in private houses are sprayed
with a formalin solution even though it is realised that this is usually unnecessary.
5.2.2 A weekly service of disinfection of bedding from Parker House, a common lodging
house for men, is carried out for the Welfare Department.
5.2.3 Where infestation occurs, premises are sprayed with a D.D.T. solution, the
residual effect of which is to diminish the chance of re-infestation. Articles of clothing
requiring disinfestation are removed to the Annexe and treated by steam.
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