THE GENERAL health of the children in the Virgin Islands is not good. While the condition in the urban areas is fair, those in the rural areas suffer from gross malnutrition. This is not due to any lack of particular foods or vitamins but to a general lack of food. One never sees a fat child. They are all thin and undernourished. This is particularly pitiful, for these children are not neglected, but are clean and well cared for. I did not see a dirty or neglected child on the islands.
From a public health standpoint their care is adequate. A good effort is made to immunize the children for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough by three injections given in the period of from 1 to 5 years of age. The small size of the area of the individual islands gives the public health nurses an opportunity to contact almost
SANFORD HN. PEDIATRIC REPORT ON MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(5):662–664. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040676010
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