Die historiese ontwikkeling van skoolgeneeskundige dienste in Transvaalse primêre skole vir Blankes
Bezuidenhout, Gysbertus Johannes Andries
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During 1913 arrangements have been made for the hygienic inspection of school children in primary schools, in Transvaal, Dr C. L. Leipoldt was appointed. Medical inspection started in April, 1914, and discontinued, owing to the outbreak of the war in August, and was resumed in October 1915. In 1918 the scheme of inspection was organized on a sound basis, but was interrupted by the influenza epidemic. In 1919, Dr Leipoldt, was seconded to the Cape, and the service was carried out by Drs Cleaver and Elias. For private reasons, Dr Leipoldt resigned at the end of 1922. Dr J. A. Kieser, joined the service in 1922 and retired at the end of 1948. After various temporary appointments, Dr F. Z. van der Merwe was appointed on the 23rd of July 1951, and retired on the 10th of December 1954. Dr c. E. Theron has been appointed as his successor as from January 1955. During 1958 a Commission of Enquiry was appointed to inquire into the efficiency of the school medical service. In 1959, extensions of the service and the provision for more satisfactory accommodation were held in abeyance, awaiting the proposed transfer of the School Medical Services to the Department of Hospital Services. The expected transfer did not eventuate in 1960 and the work continued as before. On 1st April 1961, the School Medical Service as a whole was taken over by the Department of Hospital Services. The buildings, equipment, etc. were also transferred. In future Dental Service would no longer function as part of the School Medical Service, but would continue to exist as a separate section under its own head. The nurses are, engaged exclusively in service to schools. All treatments and arrangements are now controlled by the hospitals. The old Roman opinion that a sound mind dwells in a healthy body (Mens sana in corpore sano) also comes to its own right in the Transvaal Educational System.
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