Port Arthur Department of Health Director to speak on COVID, HIV and monkeypox – Port Arthur News

Director of Port Arthur Health Department to speak on COVID, HIV and monkeypox

Posted at 12:24 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

BEAUMONT — An information seminar on several diseases is scheduled for Thursday in Beaumont and will also be broadcast on Zoom.

The seminar, titled Building Resilience at the Intersection of COVID-19, HCV, HIV, and Monkeypox, will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 3040 College St. in Beaumont.

For more information on registration, call the health department at 409-983-8874.

Judith Smith, Director of Port Arthur City Health Department, will host, introduce the first speaker and also explain how public health has responded to COVID-19.

There will be a number of speakers who are subject matter experts on various topics.

“Several different speakers will be there to expound on each one,” Smith said.

“HIV has been in the community since the 1990s, and when people go to the health department clinic to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, they are also tested for HIV.

Smith said the seminar is a way to raise awareness of old infections that have been around for some time, as well as ones that are spreading just recently.

There have been no confirmed cases of Monkey Pox in Port Arthur, although Beaumont has had a few confirmed cases.

Cheryl Gibbs, the city’s public information officer, emphasized the importance of the seminar.

“With the impact of these diseases directly affecting our families and friends, this seminar, which provides hours of continuing education for healthcare professionals and valuable explanations for citizens, promises to provide much-needed health and safety information. of our communities,” according to city news.

The Gilead organization has partnered with the city’s health department and other health care organizations to provide education about Jefferson County‘s most trying illnesses.

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