The Logan County Health District conducted their monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon. A generous donation to the district highlighted the agenda.
The board accepted a $1,000 check from the Kiwanis. An extremely grateful Director of Nursing Kay Schroer indicated that the money must be used to provide immunizations. Schroer wants to provide “cocooning” to infants. Cocooning is a process that prevents infants from getting diphtheria, tetanus or whooping cough from their mother but also fathers and in some cases, other relatives as well. The Tdap vaccine is the shot family members would receive.
Schroer updated the board on the district’s vaccine program. She expressed frustration with government interference and the resulting roadblocks that prevent patients (especially children) from getting the immunizations that they so desperately need.
The health district is part of a federally funded program called Vaccines For Children. The program provides free vaccines for those between infant and 18 years old. They must meet at least one of these criteria: no health insurance, use Medicaid, are Native American or Alaskan, and have insurance but have exceeded their cap. 81% of the shots given at the district fall under this program.
The complications caused by the government include regulations that complicate funding, drug storage, inventory limits and reimbursement of administration fees.
Schroer indicated that some parents of children that qualify for the shots decide against having them administered. Parents are concerned about the side effects the shots have. Schroer though, stressed that the benefits of an immunization far outnumber any short-term discomfort that the shot may cause.
The Women Infants and Children Clinic have, so far, not been affected by the federal government shutdown. Administrator Lisa Downing indicated that they have received enough funds to last until mid-November.
Environmental Director Craig Kauffman received approval from the board to add a new level for those seeking plumbing permits. A $25.00 fee has been established for those seeking a single fixture installation permit. Normally, the cost would be $40.00 plus an additional $7.50 per fixture. Kauffman feels the lower rate is a fair rate to charge customers who have only one item that needs to be installed.
Downing received board approval to accept $212,438 in federal grant money to fund the WIC clinic.
The board approved the extremely positive evaluation of IP Project Manager Steve Cummings. Cummings has worked for the district for three years.
The board will next meet on Wednesday, November 6th at 1:00 p.m.
Kay Schroer discusses immunizations.
Craig Kauffman discusses plumbing permits.