VENEREAL DISEASE. (Northern Advocate, 29 December 1917)

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venereal disease clljb for preventiom appeal by miss rout missi ettie a rout hon secreuui of the new zealand soldiers medical chlb hornchurch essex england writes to the new zealand times as follows under date noverhber the purpube of ihs m is to provide members of the nzef with f the necessary articles for the medical prevention of venereal disease it has been established with the approval of the new zealand military authorities in england and the beginning made at hornchurch by their special request official efforts will be co-operated with arid 1 supplemented by the girjng of free medical advice atid iw m bf rriedicarhents etc fbi tiie preventidti 6i the prbphylactic outfits relected are official ftpnroyal but they aweolti tb theliieh jirivatefy aid confidentially by means of prophylaxis and the medical control of women venereal disease has been practically wiped out at port said and elsewhere among anzac troops until these remedies were applied venereal disease prevailed to an alarming extent tim condition things here is ttiucb watm han in egypt and not so easily eiiredj becatts of the mistaken opposition to the medical control of who tbhintarily cater-for the troops if it were possible for hte to run a properlyconducted licensed house for our troops here i would do it for the sake of protecting the new zealand nation against further invasion by venereal disease it is not possible to do that at present and therefore we have to rely merely oh prophylactics we shall all do our very utmost to get the new zealand soldiers to usethe whenever they are exposed to infection personally i have considered the steps i anl taking how with the utmost care arid thought from the ethical as well as frorii the medical point of view and i am very sure that it is right and necessary to let our soldiers order their lives tor themselves in these matters you cannot dictate to anyman what shall be his morality or his bwn religion he must make his own choice your attempts to impose total sexual abstinence on him he regards as a meddlesome and impertinent interference with the expression of a natural instinct for three years we have refused to accept our soldiers views that women are indispensable the result has been utterly deplorable i am exceedingly sorry that i should have to take tip a position strongly antagonistic to many new zealand men and woriten at home butl must be loyal to the soldiers for whom lam working in the nature of things we new zealand warworkers can give only social values to our men abroad the other women give more i think it is clearly my duty to see that this latter giving is done under reasonably safe conditions there will be neither more nor less of it because of the elements of safety but the dreadful menace will be removed from many a new zealand returned soldier home and his children and grandchildren escape the blighting mildew of venereal disease it is not easy to conduct such a club as this and i ask that the task should not be made needlessly difficult by official or unofficial opposition at home it is not easyto finance such a club as this and for the most part i have had to do it on borrowed money the total amount available as capital is as follows jjorrowed from canteen profits made in egypt 410 borrowed from friends in london 150 further sum being borrowed from egyptian profits 100 660 of this amount there is amount held in suspense account for equipment etc amount expended on living expenses office expenses rent nzvs holidays uniforms may to october in london j 68 amount expended on purchase of furniture and stock for hornchurch chib a 153 leaving us with 89 in the bank and 100 to come shortly from egypt in addition to held in suspense most of which last amount will probably be required to settle debts for preliminary expenditure here now official moneys here cannot be used without the consent of cabinet patriotic moneys cannot be used without the consent of subscribers for they were obviously not contributed for the purpose of supplying prophylactic outfits to our soldiers therefore lam going to ask some of the gentlemen of new zealand to forward us sufficient money for working capital so that different medical clubs can be established for the benefit of members of the nzefone particularly in london as soon as possible in all cases a properly qualified medical practitioner will be in charge and the service will be done by volunteer workers men in the same way as canteen service is done by volunteer women of education and refinement and private means two new zealand medical men have signified their willingness to help in this work and if we can establish one of them in london and one in france for the benefit of the division we shall soon be able to reduce infection by means of prophylactic outfits in the course of time these clubs can certainly be made profitable but this is not the object the object is the medical prevention of disease and at first piogress is retarded because of lack of initial capital this is really necessary because the stocks in bulk involve the outlay of considerable sums of money and must be paid for in advance in most cases and because owing to shortage of supplies and government control of raw materials the ordinary difficulties of opening a business with a small amount of capital are greatly enhanced when you are considering this appeal let us urge that you should remember that every week in thr united kingdom alone from sixty to seventy new zealand men are being infected with venereal disease at least ten men every day those infections can be very largely reduced but only by the joint efforts of the new zealand military authorities the new zealand war workers abroad and the new zealand people at home if we stand up and work with the weapons medical science has placed in our hands we shall succeed rut the task will never be accomplished by sillinj down mm fortably and tilling lie about kpj or thanking cur stars thah ticf ov ovjc-b 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