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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Invalids Returned to New Zealand

Invalids Returned to New Zealand

During January the many battle casualties in the British hospitals in the Canal Zone and in Alexandria and Cairo were examined by the Consultant Surgeon and boarded preparatory to evacuation to New Zealand, sixty-seven cases being boarded during the month in the Canal Zone alone.

On 26 January HS Maunganui embarked 371 patients, including a large number of stretcher cases. On 18 February NMHS Oranje embarked 199 invalids for return to New Zealand. Up to this date 2579 invalids had been returned to New Zealand. Under main categories the numbers were:

Diseases: infectious 54; nervous 431; eye 85; ear 105; nasal 21; circulatory 126; blood 2; ductless glands, etc., 33; respiratory 243; digestive 157; metabolic 17; genito-urinary 26; skin 55; bones, joints, and muscles 274; urinary 28; alcoholism 7; debility 9; old age 65; malignant 14.

Battle casualties 684; accidental injuries 131; hernia 12.