Ross County Health District prepares for big cuts

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CHILLICOTHE (WCMH) — The Ross County Health District is going through major changes concerning its healthcare programs.

Residents in Ross county voted down the 1.4 mil levy that provides funding to run the county’s major health programs.

The health district had one chance to persuade voters in Ross county to approve a 1.4 mill levy before health services started to see cuts. Now the health department will see the most drastic cuts the health programs have ever seen before.

“A lot of these folks that come for those services do not have primary healthcare providers,” said Dr. Timothy Angel, Ross County health commissioner. “In the sense of what happen is those folks are gonna have to go to urgent cares or emergency department.”

The sexually transmitted disease clinic, the family planning clinic in the women’s health clinic will all cease to exist. Other programs like emergency preparedness and WIC are also in jeopardy.

“There is no alternative,” says Sandy Goodman, manager of the health district WIC department. “You know WIC is a major part of their lives. On average in the WIC department that we help daily is probably 35. It’s a big population out there. We see a lot of foster children.”

“It’s a bad situation for the county. And for the area. We have patients not only from Ross, but from Hillsborough, Fayette and of the Highland County area,” said Angel.

In addition to these programs, services and tools like the distribution of Narcan to individual assisting in treatment to help drug addicts will come to an end.

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