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Compulsory tuberculosis x-ray survey in Canberra



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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FC!R

HEALTH; SENATOR THE HON. HARRIE W. WADE. '

(Please do not release before 5 p.m. on Sunday, 11th November)

• COMPULSORY TUBERCULOSIS X-RAY SURVEY IN CANBERRA.

The Minister for Health, Senator Wade, said to-day a final

check of the records had shown the attendance at the compulsory chest x-ray

survey of Canberra in March-April of this year had been most satisfactory,

with an attendance of 32jA77 out of an estimated maximum eligible number of

34.,13i.

A comprehensive check of persons who did not present them­

selves for examination during the survey had necessitated the sending out

of 3,589 "first notices" and 1,002 "second notices". As a result many

persons were found to have had valid reasons for not attending, such as

having had a previous chest x-ray within the specified period, to have been

- absent overseas or to be medically exemptj others reported for chest x-ray

examination on receipt of the notices, which pointed out their obligations

under the Tuberculosis Ordinance.

. Of the "hard core" of approximately 400 which remained, .

70 had been visited and only four, of these appeared to have ignored or .

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neglected to comply with the Ordinance, resulting in prosecutions. .

' Senator Wade said "We cannot expect to get on top of this

controllable disease until the example set by the Commonwealth Government

and the Governments of Western Australia and Tasmania is followed in those

States in which the law is not yet enforced. - Only by maximum possible . .

attendance at surveys will all the hidden and unknown cases of tuberculosis

be discovered and the cycle of this infectious disease be broken."

November 11, 1962.