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September 14, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(11):946. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530110058007

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In the official gazette of Aug. 27, 1907, Governor Magoon publishes a decree establishing the national sanitary department in Cuba. He begins by stating that it has been found that the municipal governments have not been able to provide sufficient funds for the support of an efficient sanitary service nor has it been possible to obtain such concerted action as was necessary to that end. The organization of the new department includes: 1. A chief sanitary officer who is to be the head of the sanitary department and executive officer of the national sanitary board. 2. A national sanitary board of six members, including a qualified engineer. 3. A local sanitary officer for each municipality, reporting, and taking instructions from the chief sanitary officer. The decree also provides penalties for failing to comply with sanitary ordinances and, most important of all, makes a liberal appropriation for carrying out the purposes

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