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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy



A camp laundry was built capable of dealing with the clothing of a thousand men a day and a contract made with an Egyptian to operate the laundry. Operations commenced within nine days of the page 45 arrival of the force, although the construction was not yet complete and grease traps and drainage were unfinished. The Hygiene Section gave very necessary supervision over the cleanliness, disinfestation, and standard of work of the native staff of the laundry.

Each unit was able to arrange for washing twice a week and lists were carefully drawn up and checked, each man's garments being indelibly marked with name and number. The contractor was held responsible for losses and damage. The laundry was available to officers at a small charge, but private laundries in Maadi township were also patronised.