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Dr. Mahoney tells Commissioner Wallander how the Department of Health fits in to the Civil Defense Organization.
Extracted from larger compilation of Special Events coverage dated 1950-09-20.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 26177 Municipal archives id: LT906
This is a machine-generated transcript. Text is unformatted and may contain errors. Dr Mahoney will you tell us how the problem of health fits into the civil defense organization and the work that has been assigned the emergency of Public Health the vision of civil defense as you know Commissioner Wallander the primary function of the Department of Health is to prevent disease and not to treat the sick we immunized people particularly children against certain diseases we control sanitation in the wholesomeness of the cities food supply we advise the public on how to fight disease in the event of an enemy attack on New York City many of these activities would be fitted in to the defense program and scores of doctors and hundreds of nurses in the health department would be made available immediately to the emergency medical division where the care and the treatment of the injured each of the twenty three health centers and more than one hundred child health stations and clinics operated by the Department of Health could also become a casualty aid station. Well what preparations have you made to carry out the plans you have just outlined Dr we are ready to work hand in hand with the civil defense medical emergency division and our district health offices are being prepared to set up casualty aid stations in each Health District we have outlined above they've borrowed by borough system of organization if disaster strikes and communications are interrupted everyone will know exactly how they are to integrate into the emergency medical division and how to proceed. Now doctor that sounds very good that covers a medical cried nation of pop and and your division of the civil defense organization but you have a large force of inspectors late to fit into the civil defense program there well indeed commissioner. We have two large groups of inspectors one group is regularly concerned with matters of sanitation The second is concerned with food and drug both groups are made up of men and women with sound training and vast experience in their special fields immediately after and attacked our food and drug inspectors will check on the safety of food storage and supply for instance a situation like the following may arise there might be a large quantity of meat and other perishable food in a cold storage plant and because of the disaster the power to refrigerate the food would be cut all unless something was done that food would spoil our inspectors could tell the welfare to the food from that plant must be used at once before it spoiled such action would be important because at any one time we have only a few days supply perishable food on hand in the city are sanitary inspectors will check on other health hazards and problems such as the safety of water supplies and they will work with the Public Works emergency division on safe sewage disposal.