The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Appendices. 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1878-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: medical notes
caption: hospitals
medium: reports
keywords: rats
person: Konoma
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: Hospitals.- Hospitals were also established in Naga huts. At Konoma, after the action of the 22nd November, the wounded were of necessity crowded into one hut. A great number of Nagas had been living for some weeks in the village, and the filth was shocking, the whole atmosphere being poisoned with foecal effluvia. Several operations had to be performed next morning, but the flaps of the stumps sloughed away in each case, and one man with a moderate wound through the calf of his leg died of erysipelas. Owing to the foul and filthy condition of the place, the wounded had to be hurried away as soon as possible, in rudely constructed stretchers, over a terribly precipitous mountain road to Sachima, a distance of five miles. ( Annual Report of the 44th Native Infantry.)
text: In all Naga villages rats abound. They come out at night in such numbers as to be a perfect plague, even to the healthy, and were a very serious annoyance to the sick and wounded. They ran over the men, and all dressings of an oily nature had to be carefully protected from their attacks. Flies, fleas, and musquitoes, were also exceedingly troublesome, even in midwinter, when there were occasional frosts in the early morning.
text: The Swiss milk proved to be of the greatest value, and was an immense boon to the wounded, and sufferers from continued fevers, chest diseases, and dysentery. No objections whatever were raised on the score of caste, but all the men took it gratefully.