HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 cc1544-5W
Dr. Morgan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any leprosy survey has been done by medical officers in the West Indies in the last decade; whether any figures are available showing the incidence of leprosy in the different groups of islands; and what steps are being taken by raising the standard of living to eliminate, together with appropriate treatment and preventive measures, this disease from these islands?

Mr. George Hall

Yes, Sir. A report by Dr. Cochrane, then Medical Secretary of the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association, on leprosy in the West Indies, was completed in 1935, and Dr. Muir, the present Medical Secretary of the Association, who is now in Trinidad holding a temporary appointment as Medical Superintendent of the Leper Colony, proposes to undertake a further leprosy survey in the West Indian area during his stay there. The matter is also receiving the attention of the Comptroller for Development and Welfare in the West Indies. With regard to the second part of the Question, a table is appended showing figures for the last year for which details are available. Measures are being taken in all the Colonies concerned to deal with this disease, but it would not be practicable, within the scope of this reply, to give

Incidence of Leprosy in the British West Indies.
Colony. New Cases. Total Cases. Population.
Bahamas 1940 3 17 70,332
Barbados 1939 5 63 193,082
Jamaica 1939 Not stated 249 1,195,465
Turks and Caicos 1938 2 5 5,300
Antigua 1940 Not stated 6 36,073
St. Kitts 1939 3 59 37,994
Montserrat 1939 Not stated Not stated 13,541
Virgin Islands 1940 Not stated Not stated 6,135
Trinidad and Tobago 1939 77 377 473,455
St. Lucia 1939 5 29 69,737
St. Vincent 1940 Nil 18 61,421
Grenada 1939 Nil 12 90,085
Dominica 1940 3 17 52,738
Bermuda Nil Nil 30,814
British Guiana 1939 45 565 341,237
British Honduras Not stated Not stated 57,767