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Aden (Tuberculosis)

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what number of beds are now available for the treatment of tuberculosis in Aden; and how many cases have been treated by streptomycin and with what result.

The number of beds now available for the treatment of tuberculosis in Aden is 110. Ninety-eight cases have completed treatment by streptomycin. The results obtained are that 40 of the cases are back at work, 26 are quiescent, 23 have improved, six are worse and three have died.

Is my hon. Friend aware that, on the whole, the results of treatment of tuberculosis in both Aden and in Singapore have shown remarkable progress, and that the mortality rate is falling in those places? What steps is his Department taking to see that these facts are more widely known than they are now?

We are aware that improvements are taking place, and we hope that people are watching the progress as shown in the Colonial reports.