HC Deb 19 July 1900 vol 86 cc467-8

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the outbreak of cholera in the famine districts of India, any, and, if so, what, addition has been made to the famine medical service; and whether he can state the number of deaths from cholera in the famine districts.


I am not able to state the number of additional medical officers and medical subordinates sent to the famine districts in consequence of the outbreak of cholera. I was informed that, as regards the worst cholera tract in the middle of June, the local authorities there had received as much extra medical help as they thought necessary. The returns which have reached me show that during the month of June 22,198 cholera deaths were reported from British famine districts, and there were 19,122 from native States similarly afflicted. During the three weeks ending on the 7th July, the reported cholera deaths averaged 6,562 a week for British famine districts and 6,185 a week for native States affected by famine.