HC Deb 10 May 1935 vol 301 cc1261-2W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give the number of cases of malaria recorded in Palestine for the last three years; and whether there is any reason to fear a recrudescence of the disease during the coming season?


The only comparative statistics available are those of the number of malaria cases among dispensary patients up to the year 1933. The figures for 1934 are not yet available. In 1931 out of 458,941 dispensary patients there were 8,147 cases of malaria; in 1932 out of 495,583 patients there were 2,984 cases of malaria; and in 1933 out of 528,186 patients there were 3,330 cases of malaria. The High Commissioner for Palestine has recently reported that, owing to the unusually heavy rainfall of the past winter, there is a serious danger of an increase of malaria, particularly in certain areas where new development is proceeding. The Director of Medical Services in Palestine has caused a survey to be made in the districts likely to be affected and has drawn up a programme for the necessary anti-malarial measures.