I was somewhat surprised at a quote by the new Pender County Health Director when commenting on the “troubles” in Pender County said the following: "I really don't know why this changed all of a sudden," "I feel like since I've been here that we really have moved forward in a very positive way." Here are the facts: 1. the dental program has been totally decimated and is losing revenue. The health department recently closed the mobile dental clinic and terminated the school dentist (who also worked in the primary clinic). There is now no permanent dentist in the health department with two months left in the fiscal year; 2. The Board Certified Pediatrician is no longer at the department to treat children (resulting in a loss of clinic patients to the medical clinics); 3. The Board Certified Internal Medicine specialist is no longer working at the department leading to the loss of necessary access to care for many elderly poor adults in western Pender County; 4. The Environmental Health Program has not met the 100% requirement for food handling inspections this fiscal year and this will possibly result in loss of revenue from the state; and 5. The Environmental Health Program is months behind requests for septic lot evaluations and contractors are apparently becoming increasingly angry. Given these obvious failures one might ask the director to delineate the markers of improvement she felt the health department has made.
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