March 28, 2002

Public Health Creates Impact On Citizens' Lives

The Scotland County Health Department is reminding area citizens of the impact public health has on their everyday lives. The occasion for the reminder is Public Health Week in Missouri, which is April 1-5.

"While most people don't think about it, local public health services have an impact on almost everything we do in a day," said Margaret Curry, administrator of the Scotland County Health Department.

"From giving immunizations for your children, to inspecting your favorite restaurant for sanitation, providing you with a copy of your birth certificate and testing the quality of your well water, public health touches all aspects of your health and safety."

Curry said that Scotland County will celebrate Public Health Week by sponsoring an open house at the Health Department on Monday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., serving healthy snacks and tours of the Health Department.

Tuesday, April 2, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. a PSA clinic will be held for men. This test is used as a screening method for early detection of prostatic cancer. There will be a $10 charge for the lab draw.

Wednesday, April 3, Hemoglobin and Serum blood sugar tests from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, nurses will be taking blood pressures at J's Foods, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., then at Pamida, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

On Friday, April 5, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Lipid profile (cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides) test. Please call to schedule your appointment. There will be a $20 charge. Please come to the Health Department or call 660-465-7275 if any questions.

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