oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The organisation of tuberculosis service in the Midlands of Rhodesia (1963-1972)

Volume 22, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The first Tuberculosis officer appointed to work in liaison with the Provincial Medical Officer of Health was appointed to the Midlands Province in February 1963. Prior to this, the tuberculosis service had been provided by tuberculosis specialists, based in the major chest institutions at Mpilo Hospital and the Martin Sanitorium, Chinamora. Some considerable discussion 'between Dr. Robinson, then the Senior Tuberculosis Specialist in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Westwater, the provincial Medical Officer of Health, Midlands, and Dr. Sheffield, the Director of Medical Services, resulted in the feeling that if satisfactory control of tuberculosis were to be achieved, then it was essential that this be carried out on a provincial basis and could not be entirely hospital based. No precedent was available to suggest appropriate duties for a Tuberculosis Officer based on the Provincial Medical Officer of Health's department.

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