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DIVISION OF PLUMBING
Summary for December
DIVISION OF SANITARY ENGINEERING
Summary for December
Certificates of approval issued.
Certificates of approval refused.
DR. MONGER GIVES MEMO
BOOKS FOR BIRTH DATA
To insure the accurate collection and prompt forwarding of data for birth certificates, Dr. J. E. Monger, state registrar of vital statistics, has recently prepared a
pocket-size book for the recording of this information, a copy of which will be given to any physician upon application to his local registrar of vital statistics. Local registrars are supplied from the state registrar's office in Columbus.
PUBLIC HEALTH NOTES FROM OVER THE STATE
Investigation of Lancaster's milk patients. He said a municipal hossupply sources disclosed several in pitable fitted to Dayton's needs
deplorably unsanitary condi- would cost $900,000 to construct tion,” according to Health Officer and would necessitate an annual H. M. Hazelton's recent report to operating expenditure of $180,000. the board of health of that city.
The present plan, with a payment Sale of milk from these sources of $60,000 yearly to each of the was forbidden until conditions two hospitals, is cheaper and, acwere remedied. Dr. Hazelton cording to Dr. Hornsby, is just as made these suggestions for 1918: satisfactory.
Adoption of a sanitary code.
Inspection of milk, and prohibition of sale of milk except in bottles and
Mayor Tucker of Elyria, imunder health department permit.
posed a $5 fine upon a woman resiTransfer of garbage collection to dent of a foreign section of Elyria, service department.
as a penalty for her violation of Employment of fulltime sanitary
a diphtheria quarantine by leaving policeman. Sewer connections for privies and
the premises. cesspools.
Persons rejected for military thorities and schools for control of service on account of curable decommunicable diseases.
fects will be given free treatment More accurate and earlier reporting to fit them to enlist, by surgeons of communicable diseases.
the Prohibition of raising of hogs in the
United States Public city limits.
Health Service, according to an order of the surgeon general of
the service. Such persons, in numA proposed new sanitation code
ber not to exceed 10 at any one for Cleveland has been drawn up
time, may be admited to marine by city officials and representatives of the Chamber of Commerce. It
hospitals for treatment. is primarily a recodification and
* * makes few changes in existing reg
The Cincinnati Associated Charulations.
ities has undertaken a study of the
number of tuberculosis cases A recommendation against the which exist among the people who establishment of a municipal hos
are under its care. The amount pital in Dayton was made by Dr. of money needed to support a J. A. Hornsby of Chicago, editor tuberculosis family as compared of "The Modern Hospital," fol- with the amount they are actually lowing an investigation, made for receiving from the Associated the Dayton bureau of research, Charities wil be studied, with a into present arrangements between view to reorganizing the work and the city and two privately managed placing a worker in that special hospitals for the care of charity field.
HEALTH OFFICERS' ROUNDTABLE
Health Budget Cut Public health appropriations recommended in Cleveland's 1918 burget sustained heavy cuts in council. The total estimate of $409,807 was reduced to $281,254 in the appropriation ordinance as passed. The heaviest reduction was in the laboratory allowance, which was cut nearly one-halffrom $56,035 to $28,668. Other cuts were:
General administration from $8,110 to $6,596.
Communicable diseases from $50,710 to $41,755.
Tuberculosis from $76,259 to $53,086.
Child hygiene from $76,755 to $49,381.
Sanitation from $63,625 to $43,476.
Food and dairy inspection from $61,608 to $48,921.
Vital statistics from $6,510 to $3,631.
Estimates of $5,500 for health education and $4,695 for prenatal care were wiped out entirely.
ployed in a city, one while visiting in a city, and one while visiting in the country. Not one of them had ever been vaccinated. Our physicians were prompt in recognizing and reporting these cases. This, with quarantine and compulsory vaccination of exposed persons, prevented each time a spread of the disease and possibly epidemics.
There are a large number of persons in Delaware, especially children, who have never been vaccinated. In view of the fact that smallpox is so prevalent in Ohio and in the middle states, and that so many people are traveling at this time of the year, I wish to urge every one who has not been vaccinated to obtain such protection against smallpox during the holiday vacation. Ask your physician about it. The virus now used is safe when properly applied. A case of smallpox means a loss of at least six weeks of time and earnings, and is very expensive to the city. I urge vaccination
a protection to yourself and to others, and as a patriotic duty.
Can't "Farm Out" Hospital
A city has no legal right to contract for private management of a municipal contagion hospital, declared Attorney General McGhee in a recent ruling. The question which brought about the ruling was raised in Lorain.
Urges General Vaccination
Health Officer C. W. Chidester of the city of Delaware recently issued this "Card to the Public":
Smallpox is quite prevalent in Ohio. There are cases in every large city in the state and in many smaller ones, and in some country districts. erally mild and frequently the patient feels no particular illness and travels about while in the eruptive stage. Three times within the last year the disease was brought into Delaware by exposures of our own people while visiting or being employed elsewhere. One of these victims was exposed while em
It is gen
mell granted a temporary restraining order enjoining the school officials from excluding the boy until the case could be heard.
when a community refuses to assist in the keeping of a quarantine, Findlay can only quarantine against them,” said Health Officer Beardsley.
Assumes Office in Xenia Dr. R. H. Grube assumed office as health officer of Xenia with the installation of the city's new citymanager form of government at the beginning of the year. He succeeds Dr. A. C. Messenger.
Dr. Grube was once a member of the State Board of Health and is now Greene County member of the board of trustees of the district
tuberculosis hospital at Springfield. He has recently been serving as health officer of Xenia township, Greene County, in the absence of Dr. D. E. Spahr.
Health Council's Program Cincinnati's newly organized Public Health Council, which coordinates various health agencies of the city, will devote a large share of its time to anti-tuberculosis work. Free lectures, dealing with proper housing, home sanitation and use of public recreational facilities, wil be offered by the council.
Its program recommends federal sanatorium camps for tuberculous soldiers, federal and state farm colonies for civilians and a
permitting Ohio cities to create a special tuberculosis fund not exceeding $1,000,000 for sanatorium and dispensary purposes.
Health Officer Landis of Cincinnati is chairman of the council. Dr. Martin Fischer is vice chairman, Charles Boldt second vice chairman, C. M. Bookman treasurer and Courtenay Dinwiddie secretary.
Difficulties of Quarantine Discussing the spread of smallpox in Hancock County, alleged to have been aided by mistaken diagnoses and consequent lack of strict quarantine in rural health districts, the Findlay Republican has the following:
The situation leads back to the futility of the quarantine laws of Ohio where the isolated districts are looked after by fellow citizens who are blacklisted for life if they force the expense of a quarantine on a township or curtail a citizen's privilege to spread contagion.
The health department of Findlay is facing this condition this week: The lack of proper quarantines in townships has cost the city large sums of money and in death tolls only recently. Health Officer Beardsley has been sick for the last week and got up out of a sickbed to investigate conditions in the western townships. State authorities have been summoned and local thorities are exerting every power possible to curb disease.
The appeal to the Findlay board of health is ineffective as the Findlay board can only quarantine against the districts afflicted.
“The executive officer is all right but
New Whooping Cough Procedure
Cincinnati health authorities have discontinued the practice of excluding from school all children of a family in which a case of whooping cough exists, and will hereafter exclude only the children who have whooping cough or who manifest catarrhal symptoms.
The new procedure is not only safe, according to Health Officer Landis, but will also lead parents to call in physicians sooner in case of whooping cough, inasmuch as it wil be necessary to learn through medical examination which children may continue in school.
The new regulations, in addition to this change, provide that a person having whooping cough must
avoid contact with other persons dies." Especially among the womand must not to the theater, en folk is there a universal exchurch, motion picture show or change of health recipes at this other public assembly nor ride in time, “cures” that are meant well street cars or other public convey- in every instance and run from ances. These restrictions extend good and bad to indifferent. until 10 days after the spasmodic We've never outgrown the stage is over. Children who have health fallacies of our forefathers, had whooping cough will not be any more than we have ceased to admitted to school unless they have lend ear to the man who has his school permits.
own special cure for rheumatism,
lumbago or a cold in the head. To Save the Baby
there are still many clever and culA program for the protection tivated people who believe that and conservation of infant life rubbing the eyelids with a wedding must aim to make it possible for
ring will cure a sty, and that piercevery mother to have pre-natal ing. the ears strengthens the vision. nursing service; for every baby
We still have with us some who who is delicate or who is bottle
contend that lunatics are affected fed, or sickly, to be under the by the phases of the moon, and skilled supervision of the doctors
that the application of red flannel and nurses of babies' health sta- (it must be red) will cure sore tions; for every mother who is throat. You've possibly been guilty nursing a baby to have sufficient
yourself of telling some fellow food and sufficient milk for herself that a piece of beefsteak is good and her child; for every baby who
for a black eye and that the swalis bottle-fed to have enough and
lowing of grape seed produces apgood enough milk at a price which
pendicitis. its parents can pay; to enable We can't help clinging to these
old fallacies. Its human nature, every father and mother to know where and how these benefits can
and we hang on to them as tenacibe obtained at their expense when
ously as a bat to a brick wall. they can meet it, or free if they
Doctors may attempt to discourage cannot.
us Such a program is vital
us and specialists may call to the community in peacetime. In
crazy. But right now when the war-time it is the same, only raised
allied armies of germdom are getto a higher power.- Michael M.
ting ready to pour a regular barDavis, Jr., Ph. D., in Your Health,
rage fire of suffering into us we're Cleveland Health Department.
willing to seize upon most any "remedy" that is suggested and let
the doctors call us what they like. Old Health Fallacies
New Health Head in Dayton wheezing and sneezing season and Dr. A. 0. Peters is Dayton's vvhen germs that have been dor- new health officer. Dr. Peters, mant during the cold weeks are who has been serving as epidemiawakening to life and preparing ologist and head of the staff of for a combined attack upon the district physicians, succeeds Dr. populace there is no topic, outside A. L. Light, health officer ever of the European war, more gen- since Dayton installed the commiserally discussed than “home reme- sion-manager form of government.