Hospital still busy with flu

The armoury of a night flying squadron: Pilots and observers take great care of their guns and...
The armoury of a night flying squadron: Pilots and observers take great care of their guns and revolvers, on the efficiency of which their lives frequently depend. — Otago Witness, 27.11.1918.
There was little change to report at the Hospital yesterday.

It is true that the admissions to the institution are still increasing, but this may be attributed to the fact that since the block system of medical attendance came into force, and qualified practitioners have visited patients affected by the trouble, a larger number of cases have been ordered into the Hospital.  Dr Bowie (acting medical superintendent) and his assistants have had a trying time, but in spite of it all there is not the slightest indication of panic at the Hospital; in fact, affairs are conducted with an orderliness which would suggest that conditions were normal.  Dr Bowie and the matron have been able to organise matters so that patients are getting four-hourly treatment, exactly the same as they would have received in normal times.  The number of notifications of pneumonic cases to the Health Department yesterday was 51, 45 of which were from the Otago Hospital District, four from Southland, and two from Vincent.

Other effects of flu

It has been found absolutely necessary to suspend the running of the trams after 1 o’clock to-day owing to the shortage of men.  At present there are 60 laid up, among them being two inspectors out of six.  The service will not be resumed until Thursday.  The discontinuance applies also to the Mornington trams.

Among those whose labours have become increasingly strenuous are those engaged on work at the cemeteries.  The call upon them has been so extended that it has been found necessary to provide supplementary assistance, this being drawn from the corporation gardening staff.

A Daily Times reporter ascertained that the cottage hospital at Tapanui was taxed to its utmost capacity, and a temporary building has been hauled on to the hospital grounds to accommodate others.

Palmerston:  The epidemic shows very little signs of abating.  To-day it is reported that the trouble has broken out in six families which had previously escaped.  It is estimated that altogether there have been over 400 cases.  A large number of these, however, have now recovered, while others have taken the turn for the better.

The Tuatapere Guardian gives this description of Tuatapere on Monday: - No shops open, nobody on the streets, no sound of voices; everyone that does business generally, including post and railway officials, in bed with influenza.

Dry argument

Civis says: I would ask what explanation except panic can be given of the official fussiness which shuts up breweries and the business of wine and spirit merchants?  Because of influenza you can’t get a keg of beer from the brewer nor a case of whisky from the merchant.  Which is clean ridiculous.  Along with churches and tea rooms, the hotel bar may be closed as a place of public resort.  It is to be noted that infection operates in churches only after 5 p.m., and in tea rooms only during certain hours of the day.  But in breweries and the warehouses of spirit merchants, which are not places of public resort, it operates all the time.  Blind panic alone can explain this; unless, indeed, we may suspect an attempt to make prohibition odious by identifying it with influenza. — ODT 23.11.1918 



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