The New Zealand Medical Service in the Great War 1914-1918
III. N.Z. Divisional Sanitary School
III. N.Z. Divisional Sanitary School.
This course was five days and was intended originally to be a Corps affair but the D.D.M.S. decided to leave it to Divisions to carry out. Two pupils from each Regimental Sanitary detachment attended. Billets and rations were provided by No. 1 N.Z. Field Ambulance.
The Syllabus of instruction given was founded on F.S.R. part H. Chapter XI. "Duties of Sanitary Personnel." In addition there were | lectures dealing with the causation of disease founded on the R.A.M.C. Training Manual, Chapter V. The demonstrations were of a practical nature. Most of the day was spent in the open, lectures being taken in the late afternoon.
The following is a typical syllabus:—
Syllabus of Instruction Corps School of Field Sanitation for N. C. O.'s and Men.
1st. Day 29th January, 1917.
8.0 a.m. Class assembles at No. 1 N.Z. Field Ambulance. Preparation of Billet and instruction in making straw mats.
12 noon Dinner.
3.0 p.m. Initial Lecture:—
(a) Duties of a Regimental Sanitary Detachment. Sanitary I responsibilities of O.C. and R.M.O. (b) Explanation of the aims and objects of sanitation. (c) Outline of course of training.
3.45 p.m. Break.
4.0 p.m. Lecture.
The Causes of Infectious Disease.
2nd Day. 30th January, 1917.
7.30 a.m. Breakfast.
8.0 a.m. Parade and Inspection.
9.0 a.m. Lecture: Construction of various types of incinerators.
10.0 a.m. Practical demonstration of incineration of faeces by N.Z.
Sanitary Section at Bac-St-Maur and Sailly.
12 noon Dinner.
1.0 p.m. Construction of Incinerators.
3.30 p.m. Lecture. Life History of the Fly.
4.15 p.m. Break.
4.30 p.m. Latrines and anti-fly measures. Diseases due to fly-born infections.
3rd Day. 31st January, 1917.
7.30 a.m. Carry on.
9.0 a.m. Lecture: Disposal of Waste products. Soil Contamination. Ablution benches.
10.0 a.m Practical demonstration of Field Cooker and improvised ovens. Construction of Sanitary appliances and food receptacles. ClasB will be divided up into 2 sections and time occupied as indicated above till 3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m. Lecture Construction and sanitation of cook-house.
4.30 p.m. Repetition.page 547
4th Day. 1st February, 1917.
9.0 a m. Visit to D.R.S. and M. O.'s T.S.
2.0 pan. Inspection of Billets in the Divisional Ares. Visit to Field.
3.30 p.m. Lecture:
(a) Sanitation of Billets. (b) Sanitation on the March, (c) Disinfection of Billets and dag-oats.
4.15p.m. Lecture: Drainage.
5th Day. 2nd February, 1917.
9.0 am. Few words on good and bad meat. Disposal of offal. Dead animals.
9.30 a.m. Inspection of slaughtering places.
10 30 a.m. Lecture: Sanitation of Horse Lines.
11.0 a m. Suggestions from the class.