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REVIEW

ON THE

REPORTS ON LOCK-HOSPITALS

IN

BRITISH BURMA

FOR THE YEAR 1881.

From W. PEARL, Esq., Deputy Surgeon-General, British Burma Division, to the Junior Secretary to the
Chief Commissioner, British Burma,—No. 234-48, dated the 22nd March 1882.

    I HAVE the honour to submit my review of the reports on the working of the
several lock-hospitals in the province for the year 1881 for the information of the
Chief Commissioner.

    There are now six lock-hospitals in Burma, viz., at Akyab, Rangoon, Bas-
sein, Thayetmyo, Moulmein, and Toungoo. At only three of these places are Euro-
pean troops stationed, viz.; at Rangoon, Thayetmyo, and Toungoo. Akyab,
Moulmein, and Bassein being largely frequented seaports have many European
sailors to protect.

I.—The nature and extent of the hospital accommodation, whether it is suitable, and whether there has
been any change in it during the year.

    At most of the hospitals the accommodation provided is ample : in Rangoon
there is still a deficiency. The hospital is built for 71 patients, and the daily
average number of inmates during the past year has been 91.41.

    The Apothecary's quarters at Rangoon are much too small : the building
was intended for a Hospital Assistant, but as an Apothecary is now resident, with
his wife and family, the house is most unsuitable : one small room is the extent of
his accommodation.

    The wards of the hospital are very dark and gloomy, and at my annual
inspection I recommended they should be whitewashed. This has been done as
regards the European ward and is a great improvement.

    At Bassein the accommodation is ample and the building commodious.

    Thayetmyo possesses a very clean, well-built hospital, with ample room.

    Moulmein has a large old building in the dispensary compound, quite out of
keeping with the handsome dispensary close to it. There is sufficient accom-
modation as the in-patients have only averaged 4 during the past year.

    At Toungoo the building used as a lock-hospital was formerly the dis–
pensary. It is situated at the farthest extremity of the town from the European
troops and is unsuitable both as to site and construction. The examination-room
is dark and the wards dreary. A much smaller building, near the dispensary,
would be sufficient and more convenient for supervision.

    From the great increase in venereal disease in Toungoo, as shown by the
Civil Surgeon in his report, this is a matter demanding urgent attention.

II.—Any changes in the medical charge of the lock-hospitals during the year.

    Bassein.—Dr. Oswald Baker was in charge of the Bassein Lock-hospital from
1st January to 31st October, when he was relieved by Surgeon S. H. Dantra, who
remained in charge until the end of the year.

    Thayetmyo.—Assistant Surgeon B. N. Chowdry was in charge until 3rd May,
Surgeon E. P. Frenchman, of the Madras Army, from 7th May to 12th June, and
Surgeon P. W. Dalzell from 13th June to 31st December 1881.

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