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Public Health Act 1872

The Public Health Act 1872 established sanitary authorities in both urban and rural areas. These were to provide public health services and appoint medical officers of health.

The medical officers had a significant role in planning for the prevention of infectious diseases and in the campaign for action to improve health.


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