• Short Summary

    AN OUTBREAK OF SMALLPOX AMONG THE KORSTEN BASKET MAKERS IN THE NORTHERN RHODESIAN MINING TOWNSHIP OF KALALUSHI, BROUGHT A SWIFT REACTION FROM MINE AND GOVERNMENT MEDICAL AUTHORITIES.

  • Description

    AN OUTBREAK OF SMALLPOX AMONG THE KORSTEN BASKET MAKERS IN THE NORTHERN RHODESIAN MINING TOWNSHIP OF KALALUSHI, BROUGHT A SWIFT REACTION FROM MINE AND GOVERNMENT MEDICAL AUTHORITIES. VACCINATION TEAMS HAVE VISITED ALL VILLAGES IN THE AREA, AND IN ADDITION MORE THAN 2,000 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN VACCINATED IN THE SCHOOLS.

    UNTIL NOW, THE KORSTEN BASKET MAKERS, A RELATIVELY BACKWARD TRIBE, HAVE OBJECTED TO VACCINATION ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS. BUT WHEN THE DANGERS OF A SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC WERE EXPLAINED TO THEM, THEY ALL AGREED TO BE VACCINATED.

    SO FAR ALL THE 27 CASES THAT HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED. ARE AMONG THE KORSTEN BASKET MAKERS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONFIRMED THEM TO THEIR HOMES, AND BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SELL THEIR BASKETS IN SURROUNDING VILLAGES, THEY ARE ON THE VERGE OF STARVATION. THE RED CROSS IS HELPING WITH SUPPLIES OF FOOD.

    (THE KORSTEN BASKET MAKERS ORIGINALLY CAME FROM SOUTHERN RHODESIA. IN THE EARLY 1940'S THEY MOVED TO PORT ELIZABETH IN SOUTH AFRICA WHERE THEY REMAINED UNTIL 1962. THEY MOVED BACK TO SOUTHERN RHODESIA, BUT THE LAND THEY WERE ALLOCATED NEAR PLUMTREE PROVED UNSUITABLE, AND SINCE THEN THEY HAVE GRADUALLY MIGRATED TO THE KALALUSHI TOWNSHIP IN THE COPPER BELT OF NORTHERN RHODESIA. THEY WERE ACCEPTED BY THE TOWN MANAGEMENT BOARD AND 167 OF THEM WERE GIVEN HOUSE.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVABSNF6KZVOTIKRU7GE9TD2U6FD
    Media URN:
    VLVABSNF6KZVOTIKRU7GE9TD2U6FD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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