Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Our remarks as to the action to be taken by municipal and other local bodies apply with equal force to railway authorities and to those responsible for the control of health in the mining areas. In both cases a great improvement in the health of the workers could be effected with the inauguration of more vigorous anti-malarial work. The Bengal Nagpur Railway management has found it an economic proposition to employ a full-time malariologist for purposes of research and to advise its engineers on the carrying out of anti-malarial measures. We recommend this policy for general adoption by railway companies, as in many centres malaria causes a great deal of unnecessary suffering and illness among the staffs, in addition to detracting heavily from their efficiency. Some railway authorities stated that they would be willing to carry out anti-malarial activities in their areas if and when the local municipal councils became similarly active. We believe this negative attitude to be largely responsible for the lack of progress in preventive work of great urgency, and we suggest that railway administrations should be ready to give a lead in this connection. In the mining areas the Boards of Health and Welfare would find it of similar advantage to extend their preventive work to include malaria. For this purpose the medical staff of each Board should include an officer with expert knowledge of the disease and its prevention.