DISEASES (LABOURERS) ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Application of Ordinance.

4. Notification by Superintendent of prevalence of disease.

5. Inspection of infected estate by District Medical Officer.

6. Treatment of labourers on infected estate.

7. Exceptional measures where disease is prevalent to aggravated extent.

8. Power of Minister to carry out such measure at expense of estate.

9. Power of Minister to condemn insanitary labourers' lines.

10. Superintendent may require labourers and other to submit to treatment.

11. Superintendent to notify medical officer.

12. Rules.

13. Rules to be submitted to Medical Wants Committee.

14. Offences.

10 of 1912,

27 of 1921,

12 of 1952.

AN ORDINANCE to provide for the prevention of the spread of diseases among labourers.

[Date of Commencement: 1st January, 1913]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Diseases (Labourers) Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance—

"disease” means any disease which may, from time to time, be notified by the Minister under this Ordinance;

"district medical officer” means a duly qualified medical practitioner registered under the Medical Ordinance, and attached to a Government hospital or dispensary;

"labourer” includes kangany and female labourer, and any child or other relative of any labourer resident upon the same estate;

"prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Ordinance;

"superintendent” means any person in the immediate charge of any estate.

3. Application of Ordinance.

This Ordinance shall apply to all agricultural estates of which ten acres or more are cultivated:

Provided that in any case in which a provincial surgeon is satisfied that any disease infact prevails upon an agricultural estate with a lesser area of cultivation, he may, by written notice under his hand addressed to the owner or superintendent of the estate, direct that the provisions of this Ordinance shall apply to such estate, and upon the service of such notice upon the owner or superintendent the said provisions shall apply accordingly;

Provided further that in any case in which the Minister is satisfied that the labourers employed by any Government department or by any employer of labour other than a superintendent are housed under such conditions that the provisions of this Ordinance are capable of application to their residential quarters, he may, by Order notified in the Gazette, apply the provisions of this Ordinance to the residential quarters of such labourers with such modifications as may be necessary for the purpose.

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