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Public health in Malta

By Emmanuel Agius


The theme of this editorial examines briefly the public health situation in Malta. Particular reference is given to the medical progress achieved in resolving certain anomalies such as Brucellosis and in so many other cases where bacteria are concerned. Success is also outlined in reducing the infantile mortality due to therapeutic and hygienic advances. The fortunate young people of today, living an artificial life in cities, drinking safe water, sufficiently fed, and breathing unpolluted air find it hard to imagine different conditions. On the other hand, the challenge to overcome certain diseases in 1966 is mentioned, namely the whooping cough, chicken pox, pulmonary tubercolosis, measles, diphteria, typhoid and tetanus. In addition, the continued limited existence of leprosy is a persistent challenge to our profession. The Medical and Health department wisely spends a great deal of time, energy and money in persuading the public to accept vaccination against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, tuberculosis and poliomyelitis. Apart from the infectious diseases the general health of the community is good. In Malta, as elsewhere, we have the problem of lung cancer perhaps to some slightly less degree than elsewhere, smoking being rather less common with us (and very notably so, as far as women are concerned) than elsewhere. Regrettably, mental health is an area which remains to be assessed.peer-reviewe

Topics: Public health -- Malta, Health care -- Malta
Publisher: The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette
Year: 1967
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