Figures are presented indicating the incidence of developed malnutritional states in the Natives in an area of the Transkei. The Native diet is discussed in relation to its inherent deficiencies with a view to indicating methods of treatment for the conditions reviewed. Attention is drawn to the fact that the syndromes of pellagra and ariboflavinosis may be the superficial manifestations of a multiple malnutritional state. Ariboflavinosis is emphasized in this respect. The medical gravity of malnutrition is stressed. Long-term, stable planning at high levels to eliminate the economic and educational factors which produce and perpetuate malnutrition in the Native is considered to be the answer to the total problem. It is maintained that there is no substitute for a balanced mixed diet.
The seriousness of the nursing shortage is outlined. A scheme is outlined by which it is felt the nursing curriculum can be simplified and made more practical without in any way endangering lives. The Nursing Council is appealed to do its bit by giving such a scheme a chance. The Government is asked to do its share in popularizing the nursing profession and to provide salaries and other amenities which will in some way compensate the nurse for the noble and hard and trying work she is doing.