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Dover Foxcroft Health Report 1942

The following is the annual report of the Piscataquis County Nursing Service rendered for the period of January 1, 1942 to December 31, 1942, for the town of Dover-Foxcroft.

Emphasis has been placed on the health of the child of school age and Tuberculosis prevention.

School Health

Assistance of the nurse was given Dr. Noel in making annual health examination:

Number of pupils inspected 776
”       ”       “ with defective vision 22
”       ”       “ with defective hearing
(audiometer) 61
”       ”       “ with defective teeth
(grades only) 200
”       ”       “ with defective throat 213
”       ”       “ with defective glands 102
”       ”       “ cardiac defects 18
”       ”       “ defective speech 3
”       ”       “ defective skin condition 20
”       ”       “ inspected for skin eruption 300
”       ”       “ showing malnutrition 26
Number of pupils showing interest in athletic activities receiving
examination at the Academy 32
Number students with activity restricted 4

The students at the Academy are receiving a more thorough examination of the heart and lungs. Each teacher is present as his or her pupils are examined in order that he or she might be told about any corrective measures which should be used.

Immunization
Number vaccinated against smallpox 322
Number receiving typhoid inoculations 643
Tuberculosis Prevention
Number given tuberculin tests 11
An X-Ray clinic was held in September 11
Number X-Rayed at Dover-Foxcroft 31
Number X-Rayed at Fairfield 3
Number X-Rayed at Newport clinic 3

 

Transportation was furnished to Fairfield and Newport by the Nurse.

To interest the citizens in knowing more about preventing tuberculosis the Early Diagnosis Campaign was emphasized in April. Posters and pamphlets were made available to all individuals arid organizations. A new film “A Cloud in the Sky” was shown at the Academy. Dr. Noel gave a very interesting talk on the Early Diagnosis Campaign with emphasis on high school age. He also showed a number of X-Ray films from the viewing box and explained how the lung looks when there is evidence of active tuberculosis.

The nurse has made 46 visits of investigation to homes or in follow-up of school children.

Unclassified Activities

Meetings attended 10; Office Interviews 18; School children taken for refraction of vision, 3; School children taken to doctor’s office, 3.

Bangor Clinic

Mental Hygiene clinic, numbering attending was 3. Transportation was furnished by the nurse.

Assistance is given to the Crippled Children’s program in providing a place in the office for the Exercise Clinic in follow-up of these patients and in urging attendance at Clinic. Thirteen crippled children have received visits.

One day was spent at the Piscataquis Valley Fair.

Sixteen submitted to tonsil and adenoid operations. This clinic was sponsored by the Percolator Club. The Club also purchased several pairs of glasses for needy children. This Club makes a real contribution to the school health program.

It is hoped some provision can be made for a much needed dental clinic.

Appreciation is extended to all who have helped to make this Service possible.

Respectfully submitted,

NELLIE R. GIBBONS, B. N.

Piscataquis County Nursing Service,

By: NELLIE R. GIBBONS, R. N.,

Public Health Nurse.

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