Friday, October 24, 2014

MCHD staff encouraged to wear pink to work Oct. 30 to show support for breast cancer

All Mobile County Health Department staff receiving EVD preparedness training

Mobile County Health Department staff members take part in an Ebola preparedness
training activity on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. A member of the clinical staff demonstrates
how to place the hood of the personal protective suit over the face shield.

MOBILE, Ala. -- Members of the Mobile County Health Department and Family Health staff have begun additional training for all 500 employees in case someone in the community is suspected to have been infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

All staff, regardless of their duties, are receiving the training, said Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for Mobile County. Employees are learning about the basics of EVD. They are also learning how to identify symptomatic patients with a travel history to West Africa or who have been in close contact with someone who has a recent travel history to areas affected by the virus.

Clinical staff are learning how to most appropriately triage such patients. Finally, all employees are receiving refresher training on basic infection control practices such as hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

For nearly two months, a team of MCHD and Family Health staff members have been part of Alabama Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planning calls and webinars as the state developed communication and logistical plans for dealing with an ebola outbreak in Alabama. Those plans are ongoing, health officials said, as new safety protocols for effectively dealing with EVD patients continue to emerge.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

First in the state: New WIC drive-thru makes it easier for families to choose healthy foods

 From left to right, Joel Tate, Assistant Health Officer; Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health
 Officer of Mobile County; Elizabeth W. Smith, Director of Social and Nutrition Programs
 for MCHD; and Amanda C. Martin, Director of the Division of WIC for the Alabama
 Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Family Health Services, officially open the
 drive-thru for the WIC clinic at the Southwest Health Center in Tillman’s Corner
on Oct. 22, 2014.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Free clinical breast exams offered by Family Health staff at Mobile area Walmarts in October

Family Health staff members pose for photos during a breast cancer awareness event
last year at the Women's Center in Mobile. Free clinical breast exams are being offered
during October by Family Health staff at area Walmart locations.

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile County Health Department’s Mobile Unit will be at three Walmart locations during October offering free clinical breast examinations to those without insurance and the underinsured between the ages of 40 and 64. The medical clinic on wheels features two state-of-the-art exam rooms.

Along with breast examinations, some participants may be eligible to enroll in a program known as Wise Woman to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This service is free and will provide medical screenings to evaluate blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.
The American Cancer Society and Walmart have partnered with the Mobile County Health Department’s Family Health division in October to promote breast cancer awareness and health education. 

Here are the dates and locations for the free clinical breast exam clinics held at area Walmart locations:

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, Walmart parking lot, 7855 Moffett Road, Semmes.
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 20, Tillman’s Corner Walmart parking lot, 5245 Rangeline Road South.
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 23, Walmart parking lot, 6350 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile.

Monday, October 6, 2014

MCHD rabies clinics planned on Saturdays in October for dogs, cats and ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. -- Every month, the Mobile County Health Department’s veterinarian provides hundreds of residents with low-cost vaccines for their dogs, cats and ferrets at a variety of locations.

Here’s a list of the weekend rabies clinics planned for Saturdays in October in Mobile County:
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road, Mobile
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 18, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens St.
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 25, City of Mobile Animal Shelter
There is an $8 charge, per pet, at St. Elmo Feed and Seed and a $10 charge, per pet, at all other locations for rabies vaccines, health officials said. Only cash payments are accepted.

Between October 2013 and September 2014, the Mobile County Health Department Rabies Officer provided 2,250 rabies vaccines to domesticated pets. The state of Alabama tasks local Health Department’s with providing rabies vaccinations to pet owners.

About Rabies
Exposure to rabies may be minimized by eliminating all stray cats and dogs; having pet dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated; staying away from wild animals, especially those acting abnormally; and not keeping exotic or wild animals as pets, health officials said.