Health Department – Sister Friends Together http://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Health Department – Sister Friends Together http://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ 32 32 Cayuga County Health Department: Knowing and Reporting Harmful Algal Blooms | Lifestyles https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/cayuga-county-health-department-knowing-and-reporting-harmful-algal-blooms-lifestyles/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/cayuga-county-health-department-knowing-and-reporting-harmful-algal-blooms-lifestyles/ Deanna Ryan special for the citizen Since June 21, it’s officially summer! The Cayuga County Health Department would like to remind the public that we can all take steps to prepare for the presence of harmful algal blooms in local water bodies and the potential health effects to humans and domestic animals in the event […]]]>

Deanna Ryan special for the citizen

Since June 21, it’s officially summer!

The Cayuga County Health Department would like to remind the public that we can all take steps to prepare for the presence of harmful algal blooms in local water bodies and the potential health effects to humans and domestic animals in the event of exposure. Skaneateles, Owasco and Cayuga lakes all experienced HABs this past summer.

There are a few things you can do before and while you recreate on local lakes. Weather conditions influence where harmful algal blooms will occur. During extended periods of calm, sunny days, flowers can accumulate on the surface at any location. Wind and waves can cause them to form along shorelines or in protected areas. Changes in wind direction can move a flower from one place to another. Periods of cool, rainy weather can often cause a flower to fade.

Know it

Water bodies that are discolored with a paint or filmy appearance, or floating scum, should always be avoided as they are potentially harmful. Images of these types of flowers as well as non-pest flowers can be viewed at dec.ny.gov/chemical/81962.html.

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avoid it

Always stay away from flowers in lakes or streams. Never swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in flowery areas. Flowering or not, never drink, prepare food, cook, or make ice with a private water source drawn directly from an untreated or improperly treated lake. During a bloom, private water supplies drawn directly from the lake should not be used for showering, bathing or washing up even if treatment is provided. Public water supplies that draw water from surface waters are treated, disinfected and monitored regularly. The public would be notified by the Cayuga County Health Department if the public water supply was affected by the HABs.

report it

If you think a bloom may be harmful, report it to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at dec.ny.gov/chemical/83310.html by clicking on “Report HABs”.

If you feel that you or your pets are showing symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or irritation to the skin, eyes, or respiratory system due to exposure to harmful algae blooms, please contact your supplier. health care provider or your veterinarian.

For more information on harmful algal blooms, go to cayugacounty.us/health. If you have any questions or to report any symptoms you think may be related to exposure to harmful algal blooms, contact the Cayuga County Health Department at (315) 253-1560.

Deanna Ryan, MS, is a senior public health educator with the Cayuga County Health Department. For more information, contact the department at (315) 253-1560, visit cayugacounty.us/153/health-department or like and follow the department on Facebook and Instagram at @CayugaCountyHealthDept.

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Sonoma County Health Department outlines new reduced COVID response https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/sonoma-county-health-department-outlines-new-reduced-covid-response/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 20:17:27 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/sonoma-county-health-department-outlines-new-reduced-covid-response/ Rivera said the coronavirus has entered an “endemic phase.” Although still present, it can be managed without emergency intervention, she said. Kaplan said the budget available for the county‘s infection control and COVID-19 immunization programs is currently $5 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. in the prior fiscal year, officials said. Under the […]]]>

Rivera said the coronavirus has entered an “endemic phase.” Although still present, it can be managed without emergency intervention, she said.

Kaplan said the budget available for the county‘s infection control and COVID-19 immunization programs is currently $5 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. in the prior fiscal year, officials said.

Under the plan, the county will move workers to other departments and cut vaccination services, among other changes.

“Our response will evolve and we need to refine our focus,” Kaplan said. “We can’t keep trying to be everything to everyone.”

Departure of key infantry

No one at DHS, including health officer Dr. Sundari Mase, is claiming the pandemic is over. But for weeks, officials have pointed out that the current COVID-19 surge is very different from previous surges, where spikes in cases were typically followed by a significant increase in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths.

“It’s no surprise that some jobs aren’t continuing now that we’re in an endemic phase,” Supervisory Board Chairman James Gore said. “If anything changes and we need to increase federal and state funding, then we will.”

Officials said of the 60 temporary health workers, 41 will remain after June 30. We don’t know for how long.

This week, Fox Home Health learned that it will continue to be involved and that the Roseland County-supported clinic will remain operational. This allowed Cheryl Fox to breathe a sigh of relief on behalf of the community she serves.

“Now is the time to reach out to the unserved or underserved within our community,” Fox said. “Curbing because it looks like an endemic, now is not the time to cut back on these services.”

Another nonprofit that has helped the county’s equity campaign, Project CURA, appears more vulnerable.

CURA, which received $10 million through DHS to connect Latino, Indigenous and low-income residents to financial assistance and COVID services, will now work with the Department of Social Services rather than health services. health, and should get “a little less” to work with, Rivera said.

“It’s not the amount to come,” she explained. “And that’s not the request.

Sawicki and Planning Section Chief Timmy Jeng, two key leaders in the county’s COVID-19 campaign, will remain in place for the short term, they learned just days ago. Both are contract workers, and these contracts have been extended for three months.

But many of those in COVID-related roles will leave on July 1. Perhaps most notable is Dr. Urmila Shende, who was hired as the county’s vaccine chief just weeks into the vaccination campaign.

Rivera said she wouldn’t call Shende’s departure “a casualty,” but rather part of the county’s transition to rampant response. Still, she acknowledged the huge role the pediatrician has played in keeping this county safe from the coronavirus.

Some of the temporary relocated workers worked directly with the vaccination clinics and had expertise that will be difficult to replicate, insist people familiar with those roles.

“I joke that it’s like planning a mini wedding,” said Diane Kopes, whose DHS work in pre-planning vaccination clinics will end on June 30.

“You need providers, you need infrastructure for rows and tables and all that,” she said. “You need relationships with community organizations and with medical providers. You also need to build relationships with the people who control the spaces where you set up clinics.

Kaplan acknowledged that “a lot will fall on our healthcare partners” after this transition. Kopes isn’t convinced suppliers are ready for it.

“My doctor’s office is a family practice, so they have kids coming in and they don’t have refrigeration capacity to handle vaccines in their office,” she said.

“They can’t even take possession of the vaccine at this point. All of these steps are much more complex than the average person realizes. You would think that officials in the health services department would have tried to figure this out sooner. »

You can reach Phil Barber at 707-521-5263 or phil.barber@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @Skinny_Post. You can reach Martin Espinoza at 707-521-5213 or martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @pressreno.

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Ohio Department of Health fires employee for mentioning abortion pill in newsletter https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ohio-department-of-health-fires-employee-for-mentioning-abortion-pill-in-newsletter/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:20:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ohio-department-of-health-fires-employee-for-mentioning-abortion-pill-in-newsletter/ Placeholder while loading article actions When she came across a training opportunity on mifepristone, a drug used in miscarriages and early abortions, Jessica Warner mentioned it in the May edition of the newsletter she compiled as coordinator at Ohio Department of Health. An hour after pressing send, her supervisor called. It was the start of […]]]>
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When she came across a training opportunity on mifepristone, a drug used in miscarriages and early abortions, Jessica Warner mentioned it in the May edition of the newsletter she compiled as coordinator at Ohio Department of Health.

An hour after pressing send, her supervisor called. It was the start of an ordeal that culminated in the dismissal of Warner, coordinator of training on sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis, and the punishment of two other employees. An investigative report prepared by Human Resources described abortion topics as “prohibited,” adding that “the mifepristone article in the newsletter is in direct conflict with the agency’s mission and embarrasses the ODH”. He also said the topic was “contrary” to the mission of the state.

For a state health department to take such a stance, Warner said, came as a shock.

“I want people to understand how it seems politics is taking over health care, and it’s less about science and evidence,” she said in an interview with Washington. Post on Wednesday, five days after he was fired. “And it seems more like it’s people who have no health care experience making our decisions and even censoring and silencing us.”

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Ohio Department of Health spokesman Ken Gordon said there was no policy banning abortion-related topics. He said references to abortion as conflicting with the health department’s mission are based on a State Law which took effect in 2019, prohibiting the department from contracting or affiliating with “any entity that performs or promotes non-therapeutic abortions.”

Warner’s supervisor received a suspension and his supervisor’s supervisor resigned, according to the Ohio Capital Journalwho was the first to report the incident.

The fallout comes as the nation braces for the potential reversal of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that enshrined the right to abortion in the United States. With a draft notice saying judges voted to overturn it, conservative states are racing to enact bans and restrictions that have been unenforceable for nearly 50 years.

But the national abortion right currently remains in place, raising questions about the state health department‘s apparent anti-abortion stance. The Capital Journal reported that two bipartisan leaders on the Ohio House Health Committee, as well as lobbyists on both sides of the issue, were unaware the agency had a formal position.

Gordon said Warner’s dismissal was “primarily based on a pattern of repeated insubordinate activity rather than a single topic or incident”. He added that the HR investigation revealed that his newsletter had not undergone editorial review, as required by departmental policy.

The newsletter was sent to approximately 400 subscribers, including local health departments and community organizations, most of whom were involved in HIV and sexually transmitted infection work and public health. It included resources, program updates, and information about STI cases and rates in Ohio.

The investigative report, shared with The Post by Warner and the Health Department, flagged the newsletter’s content beyond the abortion pill: mentions of National Masturbation Month; LGBT Seniors Day; International Day Against Homophobia; Day of pansexual and panromantic visibility; SLAM (Sexuality, Liberators and Movers); and event titled “Black and Blue: Suicide in our own leather, kink and queer communities”; and National Condom Month.

Warner, hired in 2019, argued the department could not focus on reducing sexually transmitted infections without acknowledging sexuality. She said research shows a more positive approach is more effective than a focus on risk, and noted that Ohio is seeing an increase in cases of syphilis and other STIs.

“My program would have given people skills and resources for this, and it was seen as controversial,” Warner, 36, said.

Much of the investigative report focused on the May 6 newsletter article on mifepristone. The newsletter said applications were due May 15 for the training, called ExPAND Mifepristone. The program is run by the University of Chicago and advertised as being “developed to support the evidence-based use of mifepristone for early pregnancy loss (EPL) and/or abortion in primary care settings.” Warner said she included it because she thought local health department personnel might be interested.

Her supervisor said she should have known better.

“Everyone on the unit should have known that any reference to abortions should not be discussed or included in the newsletter or other unit information,” Warner’s supervisor told HR investigators. , describing her as “a lawyer”.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the legality of abortion will be left to the states. Some fear that access to certain types of contraception is next. (Video: Julie Yoon, Hadley Green, Sarah Hashemi/The Washington Post)

The latest action on state abortion laws

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (right) signed a bill in 2019 banning abortions at six weeks pregnant – one of the most restrictive laws in the country. A federal judge blocked it as unconstitutional under deer.

“Ohio is a pro-life state” DeWine told WLWT5 last month, adding that he would consider passing other laws if deer is overthrown.

At the request of his supervisor, Warner sent a “corrected” version two hours after the newsletter was released, this one with the mifepristone piece removed. According to the Ohio Department of Health, a local health commissioner contacted a staff member from the state health department to ask about it, prompting an investigation to find out if newsletter topics were properly vetted and appropriate.

Warner was “unapologetic” when questioned by HR, according to the report. She told investigators that the health department was barred from working with Planned Parenthood “because it appears that ignorance and the opinions of politicians are hindering access to needed health care for people in the Ohio”.

When asked if the subject of mifepristone was against the mission of the state and the health department, she replied, “I hope not, it’s a public health problem. and as public health workers, it would be counterproductive to the ODH mission not to support health care initiatives. .”

She told the Post that she plans to fight her dismissal.

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Walk-in vaccination clinics available at the Shelby County Health Department https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/walk-in-vaccination-clinics-available-at-the-shelby-county-health-department/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:03:31 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/walk-in-vaccination-clinics-available-at-the-shelby-county-health-department/ Shelbyville, IL-(Radio Effingham)- The Shelby County Health Department has walk-in immunization clinics at the Shelby County Health Department Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The clinic is open to all children aged 2 months to 18 years. Vaccines offered are Polio, Hepatitis B, Menveo (Meningitis Vaccine), […]]]>

Shelbyville, IL-(Radio Effingham)- The Shelby County Health Department has walk-in immunization clinics at the Shelby County Health Department Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The clinic is open to all children aged 2 months to 18 years. Vaccines offered are Polio, Hepatitis B, Menveo (Meningitis Vaccine), DTaP, TD, Tdap, Varicella (chickenpox), MMR, Prevnar (pneumonia), Pediarix (DTaP-HEPB-IPV Combo), Rotarix, Hepatitis A and Gardasil (human papillomavirus vaccine). Boosters of MMR, DTaP and Polio are required after age 4 or before entering kindergarten. Private insurance, self-pay or IPA Medicaid card are accepted.

Anyone with private insurance is encouraged to pre-register to verify eligibility for insurance.

If you are bringing children who attend school outside of Shelby County or who are new to the Shelby County school system, you must bring their immunization history for the nurse to assess. All consents must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and are valid for 30 days. Please bring the child’s medical card and/or insurance card. If you have questions about your child and immunization requirements, call the Shelby County Health Department at 774-9555.

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Interior to launch mental health program for wildland firefighters, increase wildfire spending https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/interior-to-launch-mental-health-program-for-wildland-firefighters-increase-wildfire-spending/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:37:42 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/interior-to-launch-mental-health-program-for-wildland-firefighters-increase-wildfire-spending/ BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Department of the Interior will create a health and wellness program for wildland firefighters and increase firefighting spending by $103 million in fiscal year 2022, sSecretary Deb Haaland said Friday. additional funding, that Haaland announced at the National Interagency Fire Centeris part of the $1.5 billion in last year’s $1.2 […]]]>
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Washington State Healthcare Professional and Abortion Regulation FAQs https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/washington-state-healthcare-professional-and-abortion-regulation-faqs/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 14:27:36 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/washington-state-healthcare-professional-and-abortion-regulation-faqs/ The United States Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion in June 2022 that could impact the current Roe vs. Wade decision. Washington State’s professional healthcare regulators recognize that if Roe vs. Wade is affected, this could raise practice issues for our licensees. The Washington State Medical Board, Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, […]]]>

The United States Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion in June 2022 that could impact the current Roe vs. Wade decision. Washington State’s professional healthcare regulators recognize that if Roe vs. Wade is affected, this could raise practice issues for our licensees.

The Washington State Medical Board, Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Nursing Quality Assurance Commission, and Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission have written these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to clarify the how regulators in Washington will continue to deal with this issue, regardless of the US Supreme Court’s decision. .

What is the history of abortion laws in Washington State?

Washington became one of the first states to decriminalize abortion before Roe v. Wade in 1970 with the referendum 20. In 1991, Initiative 120 was successful. Initiative 120 ensures that “the state cannot deny or interfere with a pregnant person’s right to choose to have an abortion before the viability of the fetus, or to protect their life or health.”

The Reproductive Parity Act became law in June 2018. This legislation improved access to reproductive health benefits and preventive services for all Washingtonians. He also clarified that health plans cannot limit abortion services and that if health coverage includes maternity care, it must also provide coverage allowing abortion.

The Uphold Washington’s Abortion Access Law, as of June 9, 2022, contributes to preserving a pregnant person’s access to abortion care. This legislation expands the list of providers legally authorized to terminate pregnancies and updates the wording of the 1991 Initiative 120 to include transgender, non-binary and gender-broad people among those eligible to receive abortion care. . It guarantees that Washington abortion care providers will be able to serve anyone who comes to Washington State seeking abortion services.

Will abortions remain legal in Washington State?

Yes.

Washington law states that “every individual has a fundamental right to privacy regarding personal reproductive decisions,” including “the fundamental right to choose or refuse to have an abortion.” (RCW 9.02.100)

Additionally, state law clearly states that no one can interfere with a pregnant person’s right to choose an abortion before fetal viability or a medical professional’s right to perform an abortion. (RCW 9.02.110). For more on viability, see below.

Under current state law, state regulators cannot preclude, preclude, obstruct, or interfere with a healthcare professional, acting within their scope of practice, from providing an abortion that meets the state standard of care.

What is an abortion and at how many weeks can an abortion be performed?

Washington law defines abortion as “any medical treatment intended to cause the termination of a pregnancy, except for the purpose of producing a live birth.” (RCW 9.02.170)

In Washington, abortions are legal up to the point of fetal viability or to protect the life or health of the pregnant person. (RCW 9.02.110) Viability is defined as “the point in pregnancy when there is a reasonable probability of sustained survival of the fetus outside the uterus without the application of extraordinary medical measures”.

Viability is determined by the judgment of a physician, PA, ARNP or other healthcare provider acting within the provider’s practice on the particular facts of the case. (RCW 9.02.170)

Additionally, Washington legally considers a practitioner’s good faith judgment a defense for violations of RCW 9.02. This means that if the viability or health of the pregnant woman is in question, providers acting in good faith are generally protected.

How do state regulators determine discipline and licensure if Roe vs. Wade is overturned?

The decision does not affect how health professions regulatory bodies operate in Washington State.

Washington regulators are complaint-based. Each complaint brought to a state health care regulator will be assessed on its own unique facts and circumstances, as is currently the practice.

The Uniform Disciplinary Act (UDA) sets standards of discipline, licensure and powers granted to health care regulators and the Secretary of Health. ADU section BRF 18.130.180 details what constitutes unprofessional conduct. Regulators of health professions use their discretion, both in licensing and discipline, to enforce these laws.

In Washington, performing an abortion by means found in RCW 9.02.170which does not harm the pregnant person and which precedes the viability of the fetus, does not amount to a violation of the UDA.

Generally, Washington does not discipline or deny licensure based solely on the status of licensure or discipline in another state.

Who can perform an abortion in Washington State?

A Physician (MD), Osteopathic Physician (DO), Physician Assistant (PA), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), or other health care provider acting within the provider’s practice may perform an abortion as defined in RCW 9.02.170 in their field of practice. (EHB 1851, Chapter 65, Laws of 2022)

Additionally, Washington regulations require all hospitals with emergency rooms to provide emergency contraception as a treatment option to any woman seeking treatment following a sexual assault. (WAC 246-320-286)

Providers can refer patients and the public to the Washington State Department of Health website for a compendium of resources regarding who can provide abortions, insurance coverage mandates, privacy and more: DOH Abortion Resources webpage.

Can a pharmacist dispense hormonal, non-hormonal, or emergency contraceptives in Washington State?

Yes, a pharmacist can dispense hormonal, non-hormonal, or emergency contraceptives pursuant to a valid prescription or record order. As with all other prescribed medications, pharmacists must comply with all applicable laws and rules when dispensing hormonal, non-hormonal, or emergency contraceptives, including the requirement to ensure that a prescribed contraceptive is safe and appropriate for each patient (WAC 246-945-305(2).

Any complaints received by the Pharmacy Commission regarding the dispensing of hormonal, non-hormonal or emergency contraceptives by pharmacists will be investigated and assessed. The Pharmacy Board will assess each complaint on its facts and circumstances.

Several councils and commissions are united – here’s how.

The following professional health care regulators recognize that while a U.S. Supreme Court decision could impact the rights of pregnant women nationwide, Washington state laws would not be changed by such a decision. For more information on how each committee deals with this issue, please click on the following links:

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Job Service and NDDoH websites now available in 16 languages https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/job-service-and-nddoh-websites-now-available-in-16-languages/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:10:53 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/job-service-and-nddoh-websites-now-available-in-16-languages/ As part of a pilot program with North Dakota Information Technology, the Job Service North Dakota and North Dakota Department of Health websites are now available in 16 languages. The capacity launched in early June at www.jobsnd.com and health.nd.gov. “This will make it easier for thousands of people to access and understand our services,” said […]]]>

As part of a pilot program with North Dakota Information Technology, the Job Service North Dakota and North Dakota Department of Health websites are now available in 16 languages. The capacity launched in early June at www.jobsnd.com and health.nd.gov.

“This will make it easier for thousands of people to access and understand our services,” said Pat Bertagnolli, Executive Director of Job Service. “We have large populations of New Americans across the state and they are a vital part of our workforce. Providing easier accessibility to everyone allows us to better serve all North Dakotans and gives us a head start in recruiting.

“NDDoH is pleased to be part of the website translation pilot project,” said Dr. Nizar Wehbi, North Dakota State Health Officer. “The ability for residents who speak English as a second language or who don’t speak English to easily access public health information they understand is an important breakthrough for our website.”

Internet users can select their preferred language from a drop-down list at the top of any page. Initial offerings are English, Arabic, Basque, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Hindi, Hmong, Kurdish, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese. Other languages ​​and other state agency websites should be added.

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School health camp organized by GHS Gabbar Budhal Department of Health – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/school-health-camp-organized-by-ghs-gabbar-budhal-department-of-health-india-education-latest-education-news-world-education-news/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 07:20:50 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/school-health-camp-organized-by-ghs-gabbar-budhal-department-of-health-india-education-latest-education-news-world-education-news/ RAJOURI: Realizing the goal of holistic health and to provide high quality health services in remote areas, a school health camp was organized by Kotranka Health Department at Govt Gabbar Budhal High School. This was the third in a series of school camps held weekly under the leadership of Jammu’s Director […]]]>



RAJOURI: Realizing the goal of holistic health and to provide high quality health services in remote areas, a school health camp was organized by Kotranka Health Department at Govt Gabbar Budhal High School.

This was the third in a series of school camps held weekly under the leadership of Jammu’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Saleem Ur Rahman and Dr. Hamid Zarger CMO Rajouri.

These weekly camps in all schools are directly supervised by Dr. Iqbal Malik BMO Kandi.

The medical team interacted with the students and gave them information on the benefits of a balanced diet.

Ayoub Lone, community health worker and Dr. Farooq Tatrey gave training on proper hand washing technique and the importance of hygiene for good health.

The health team also talked about adolescent health and menstrual hygiene in the camp. Menstrual pads were also distributed to teenage girls in the camp.

Doctors also examined the students for health issues and 44 students received treatment for minor ailments on site. Free medicines were distributed to students. In addition, laboratory tests, HB, blood grouping, iron and calcium tablets were also distributed in the school by the RBSK team.

The students as well as the teacher expressed their gratitude to the health department for this great initiative.


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The risk of monkeypox to the public is “very low” https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/the-risk-of-monkeypox-to-the-public-is-very-low/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 22:05:03 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/the-risk-of-monkeypox-to-the-public-is-very-low/ WACO, Texas – The first case of monkeypox was discovered in Texas on Tuesday. The CDC describes monkeypox as a milder case of smallpox. The disease is not new but is now making headlines as it moves out of African countries where it is usually found. “Until May 2022, whenever we saw cases of monkeypox, […]]]>

WACO, Texas – The first case of monkeypox was discovered in Texas on Tuesday. The CDC describes monkeypox as a milder case of smallpox.

The disease is not new but is now making headlines as it moves out of African countries where it is usually found.

“Until May 2022, whenever we saw cases of monkeypox, they were always associated with travel. A person traveled to an African country and had it, so we had this connection,” Vaidehi Shah of Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

The concern began when the UK reported new cases in people who had not travelled. There are now more than 1,300 cases in 31 countries, including the United States.

Medical experts said there was no need to panic as the disease does not spread as easily as COVID-19.

“It’s nowhere near as contagious as the SARS coronavirus which is airborne and really spreads through the air and respiratory droplets,” said infectious disease specialist Dr David Dijohn. “It’s not prevalent that way.”

There are several main ways it is spread to humans, including direct contact with an infected animal or person. This means that the skin is actually touching wounds, rashes, or bodily fluids or material such as clothing that has touched it. It can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her baby.

“It can also spread through respiratory reasons, but it’s very long and prolonged face-to-face contact,” Shah added. “Typically, this happens when there is intimate contact between people, such as during sex or activities like cuddling or kissing.”

Symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and an unexplainable rash. If you think you have monkeypox, we encourage you to see a doctor as soon as possible.

“Before you can go see a medical professional, let them know over the phone that you have a rash so they can prepare,” Shah said.

Monkeypox is treatable and there are already vaccines available.

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Saudi Ministry of Health announces role of new health holding company https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/saudi-ministry-of-health-announces-role-of-new-health-holding-company/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:36:48 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/saudi-ministry-of-health-announces-role-of-new-health-holding-company/ A new holding company announced by the Saudi government will take over health services normally provided and run by the country’s Ministry of Health (MoH), it has been confirmed. Approved by the Saudi Cabinet, Health Holding Company (HHC) would focus on providing medical services and care through the upcoming health clusters, a collection of independent […]]]>

A new holding company announced by the Saudi government will take over health services normally provided and run by the country’s Ministry of Health (MoH), it has been confirmed.

Approved by the Saudi Cabinet, Health Holding Company (HHC) would focus on providing medical services and care through the upcoming health clusters, a collection of independent companies that focus on specialized services. Going forward, the Health Ministry will instead focus on regulating and supervising all public and private health facilities in the country, it confirmed in a statement.

The Saudi cabinet has also approved the charter for a national health insurance center, the health ministry added, with all direct healthcare-related funds allocated in the Kingdom’s national budget from the health ministry to the center. .

“[This is] in accordance with the roadmap set by the supervisory committee for the privatization of the health sector,” the ministry added.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

The move is part of the Kingdom’s plans to “improve the overall performance of the Saudi healthcare system”, with the HHC focusing on areas including expanding digital health programs and virtual medical services.

The newly created company will also provide specialist services, including oncology and renal rehabilitation, and intensive care in the areas of cardiology, vascular neurology and trauma.

THE WIDER CONTEXT

Launched in 2018, the “Privatization programaims to “strengthen the role of the private sector in the provision of services and the provision of public assets”.

Health is a major area of ​​interest for the Kingdom, with reported plans privatize 290 hospitals and 2,300 primary health centers by 2030.

REGISTRATION

Fahad Al-Jalajel, Minister of Health of Saudi Arabia, said that the creation of the HHC “embodies the interest of the leaders in improving the health services provided to all citizens and residents, in pursuit of the objective of the Kingdom”. Vision 2030 Goals.”

He added that the decision “lays the legal foundations for the implementation of the transformation strategy within the ministry, which will take place in successive stages over the next few years”, and that the local health poles, defined as subsidiaries of the HHC, “will implement a set of programs aimed at improving community health through the prevention and early detection of disease through the development of primary health care services”.

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