Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Many planters and garden medical officers already realise the Importance of the malaria problem. The average garden medical officer, however, has little time to devote to the investigation of diseases or to practical preventive work, and the Indian Tea Association in North India and the United Planters' Association of Southern India both agreed to our suggestion that it would be of advantage to employ expert malariologists. We were informed, indeed, that steps had already been taken to obtain one such expert for a group of gardens in the Wynaad. More than once, however, in the evidence given to us in Assam, considerable doubt was expressed in regard to the results to be obtained from money spent on anti-malarial schemes, because the adoption of certain recommendations had failed of their promise. In reply to this objection, we would emphasise the great importance of detailed investigation before embarking on extensive anti-malarial measures. Unless a scientific basis has been laid by thorough examination of local conditions, large sums can easily be wasted without result or even with the result of increasing the incidence of the disease. The Indian Tea Association has made generous grants to the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine to assist its researches on malaria and hookworm and has also helped to finance a successful campaign against kala-azar. This attitude towards preventive medicine encourages us to suggest that, a more active policy should be adopted by all plantation managements in regard to anti-malarial work carried out, under skilled advice and supervision. We are convinced that this would go far to eliminate one of the industry's greatest handicaps, and we hope that both local Governments and employers' associations will make it their close concern.