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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1358 (February1939 - February 1940)' [‎137r] (31/86)

The record is made up of 1 volume (42 folios). It was created in 1940. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Malaria. Attendance at the clinics Bhows that approximately 20% of patients
are diagnosed as suffering from Malaria. This figure is 12% lower for women.
Many women suffering from the complaint are too ill to attend the clinics. They not
uncommonly suffer from severe Malaria for six months to a year before seeking
advice, then they are very ill and in an advanced stage of anaemia.
Eye disease. 20% of all cases attending the clinics suffer from eye disease-
Trachoma, Keratitis, Ophthalmia, Cataract are the commonest eye complaints. It
is hoped that child welfare clinics and school treatment clinics will help to teach the
people that eye diseases can be cured and need not be a permanent disability.
Ear diseases. This constitutes 20% of cases attending the women's clinics.
Otorrhea or discharging ears is very common among young children. It is
gratifying to see that the parents are beginning to realise that it can be cured.
Respiratory disease. Bronchial asthma is the commonest respiratory complaint
in the island. The diet of the people, combined with climatic conditions, is
responsible for this. It is particularly common among the Persian community.
Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Fifteen cases were diagnosed at Nairn. The help
of the laboratory is invaluable in diagnosing this complaint as is also an X-Ray
apparatus. Bone, joint, and glandular tuberculosis is found among children,
particularly those who visit the island from Arabia,
Venereal disease. Constitutes . 02% of the diseases treated. Since laboratory
tests have been instituted more accurate diagnosis of these diseases will be possible.
Of 133 blood examinations made for the Klein test for syphilis 84 were positive, i.e.,
64% of the examinations made. A special clinic is held on Wednesday afternoons
for the treament of these diseases. Patients are reluctant to attend for a full
course of treatment and so do not benefit as they should.
Small-Pox. No case of small-pox was reported in Bahrain throughout the
year. Many vaccinations of civilian adults and children were done at the
dispensaries and school children. Boys and girls found unvaccinated at the school
inspections were subsequently vaccinated with the consent of their parents.
Alimentary diseases. Dyspepsia, carious teeth and worms are some of the
complaints treated under this heading. Complete lack of knowledge about personal
hygiene is responsible for these complaints. The care of the teeth is unknown
among the Arabs in Bahrain. Only . 06 of patients attended the clinics suffering
from dysentery.
Rheumatic disease. This is common among the adult population. 7.5% of
the school girls w T ere found to be suffering from circulatory disease in Manamah,
one of the results of rheumatic fever.
Gynaecological and Obstetrical diseases. Some remarks must be made on a
gynaecological condition peculiar to women on this island, e.g., Vaginal Atresia.
This is an acquired condition due to the practice prevalent among the Arab
community of using slabs of salt after a confinement. No fewer than 243 patients
suffering from this complaint came to the clinic at Muharraq. In a total of 84
confinements 79 were found to be suffering from Atresia which complicated the
confinement. This practice causes permanent suffering and disablement to the
patients : it makes child-birth impossible without artificial aid and so contributes to
producing a high maternal and infant mortality rate.

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1358 AH (1939-1940) and gives te details of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Bahrain State and contains notes on the activities of the various Government departments, as well as the budget 1359 and some particulars of importance which took place in Bahrain during the year. It includes text, photographic images and tables. The report appears to be compiled from reports from various Government departments and officials. An Index appears on folio 122r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, dated April 1940 (folio 125r).

The contents are divided into the following sections and sub-sections:

  • Budget 1358 (folios 126r-127v);
  • Summary of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128r);
  • Statetment of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128v);
  • Notes on Revenue 1357 (folio 129r);
  • Notes on Expenditure 1357 (folios 129r-130v): Allowances to Ruling Family, Adviserate, Customs Department, Judicial, Awkaf [Awqāf] and Minors Departments, Public Works Department, Land Department, Passport Department, Oil Gauging, Transport Department, Public Health, Education, Municipalities, Agriculture, Departmental expenses, Unforseen, Public Protection, Armaments, Transport, King [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] Ibn Sa'ud's visit, Food Supplies, and Public Works (Manamah-Muharraq Swing Bridge, Hospital Building, Manamah Pier extension, Pier Trolley Lines, Fort, Education Department, Transport Department, Passport Office, Miscellaneous, Mosque at Hawar, Kozabia House, Budeya Garden drainage, Annual Repairs, and Road Repairs);
  • The Pearl Industry (folios 130v-131v): The Pearl Industry and Pearl Propaganda;
  • Police and Public Security (folios 132r-133v): Police Administration (Strength, Recruitment, Routine, Defence Duties, Health of the Police, Infant Welfare Clinic, Mounted Sections, Machine Gun Section and Motor Bicycle Section, Buildings, Promotions and Appointments), Naturs, Traffic Control and Crime;
  • Public Health (folios 133v-139r): Appointment of Staff, The Village Dispensaries, Health (Malaria, Eye disease, Ear diseases, Respiratory disease, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Venereal disease, Small-Pox, Alimentary diseases, Rheumatic disease, and Gynaecological and Obstetrical diseases), Medical examination of school children (Boys' Schools and Girls' Schools), Health of the Police (Infant Welfare Clinic and Prisoners' Health) and Malaria;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 139r): Registrations, Iranian Property, Island Beacons, and Survey Students;
  • Judicial (folio 139v): Bahrain Courts and Bahrain Small Courts;
  • Municipalities (folio 140r): Anti-Malaria Measures, Widening and Constructing town roads, New Road, Water Cart, Road Metalling, Lease of Markets, Swamp Reclamation, and Miscellaneous;
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folio 140v): Shia Wakf Department and Sunni Wakf Department;
  • Education (folios 140v-141r): School Reforms and appointment of Director of Education, Technical Schools, and Female Education;
  • Minors Department, (folios 141r-141v);
  • Food Control, report by A C Byard (folios 142r-143v);
  • King Ibn Sa'ud's Visit to Bahrain (folios 143v-145r);
  • Passport Department (folios 145r);
  • Public Works Department (folios 145r-148r): Recurrent Expenditure, Non-Recurrent Expenditure (Manamah Muharraq Causeway and Bridge, Manamah Pier Extension, State Hospital, Fort, Government Schools, Transport Building, Passport Office and Post Office, New entrance and stairs at Manamah Palace, and Hawar Mosque), Works not provided for in 1358 budget (Rifle Range, Jida Island, Idari Spring, Hedd Girls' School and Om Ashaoom Spring);
  • General (folios 148r-148v): New Appointments, Local Newspaper and Cinema, H.H.'s visit to India, Press and Broadcast propaganda, Catholic Church, Government Rest House, Appointment of a Governmental Representative with the Oil Company, and Shaikh Mohomed bin Isa's [Muḥammad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah] visit to New York;
  • Electric Department (folios 148v-150): Electricity Department (Wiring Contracts, Temporary Wiring, Main Extensions, Alteration to Mains, and Air Conditioning), Government Telephone Department, Transport Department, Fire Department, Traffic Section, Government Technical School, New Government Hospital - Naim, Anti Malaria Campaign, Oil Royalty and other gauging, Muharraq Bridge, Financial Position, Electricity Charges, and Prospects for 1359;
  • Profit and Loss Account (folio 151r).
  • Revenue Account (folio 151v);
  • Balance Sheet (folio 152r);
  • Statement of Energy Sold (folio 152v);
  • Customs Department, report by Mr C C L de Grenier, Director of Customs and Port Officer (folios 153rv-159r);
  • Budget 1359 (folios 160r-161r);
  • Notes on Estimated Revenue 1358 (folios 161v);
  • Notes on Estimated Expenditure 1358: (folios 161v-162v).

Illustrations appear on four folios and they are labelled as follows:

  • Folio 134: 'The Government Hospital, with labels Men’s wing in progress (left) and Women’s wing (right)';
  • Folio 136: 'The Government Hospital: The Women’s Wing from the west';
  • Folio 144: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud inspecting the guard of honour, accompanied by H.H. Shaikh Hamad';
  • Folio 147: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud and H.H. Shaikh Hamad, on the palace’s new flight of steps'.

On the front cover there is an inscription that reads 'Printed at the Times Press, Basrah', as well as a note in pen that reads 'Confidential' (folio 122r).

Extent and format
1 volume (42 folios)
Arrangement

This file contains an index (folio 122r) which references pages of the report.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: Folios 122-164.

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English in Latin script
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