Friday, December 21, 2012
States falling down on emergency preparedness
Hurricane Sandy, salmonella, terrorism--according to Janice Lloyd in USA TODAY, only five of the 50 states meet eight out of 10 measures leading to public health preparedness.
Can the states get kids out of a school during an emergency, are kids being vaccinated, can labs cope with incoming samples in an emergency--apparently not well.
People seem to think they want the feds to control everything--this is stuff the govt needs to do and they are not doing it.
Money, of course, is the problem. Twenty-nine states have cut public health.
After anthrax and Katrina, these slots were funded--now that is dwindling.
Gaining are West Nile, fungal meningitis, whooping cough, TB.
Maybe some politician could posture around about this!