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The New Zealand Medical Service in the Great War 1914-1918

19. Disinfection

19. Disinfection.

The O.C. Sanitary Section of the area occupied, is responsible for the disinfection of billets and camps in which cases of the following diseases have occurred:—

  • Scarlet fever
  • Diphtheria
  • Small-pox
  • Cerebro-spinal meningitis
  • Cholera
  • Relapsing fever
  • Typhus

The O.C. Sanitary Section will be communicated with by the A.D.M.S. of the Division.

The O.C. Sanitary Section will generally demand a fatigue from the R.M.O. to assist him. This fatigue will be provided from the sanitary personnel of the unit.

In cases of other infections diseases, disinfection will be carried out by the R.M.O. A spraying apparatus and fluid for use in it will generally be lent by O.C. Sanitary Section when asked for in writing by the R.M.O.

Disinfection of clothing will be effected in the Foden Lorry. The location of this lorry is given in Medical Corps Orders from time to time.

With a view to the suppression of scabies and lice, it is well that the men's blankets should be sterilized in the Foden occasionally. The, number of blankets in a Company varies from time to time. The Foden can do 60 blankets pet hour with certainty of sterilization. Whenever possible the R.M.O. should arrange that the blankets are sterilized about every 4 to 6 weeks. By communicating to the A.D.M.S. the number to be done and date, suitable arrangements can generally be made. It is best to do at least one complete Company at a time.

The R.M.O. should ascertain that the men are getting their baths and change of underclothing once every ten days. He should inspect the bathing roster frequently and ascertain from enquiry that it is being adhered to.