Editorial

Establish a health fund

Monday, June 6, 2016

Federal Emergency Management has the funds that enable it to respond to disasters quickly, so why doesn't the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the same kind of funds available for quick reaction to emergency situations?

Every time a health care emergency arises, the CDCP must go begging to Congress to address the situation.

Just recently, a woman in New Jersey infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a girl with microcephaly, a malformed head. Besides causing birth defects, the virus has been linked to neurological disorders in adults.

Currently, most or all infected adults contracted the disease while in places outside of the U.S., but as the mosquito season gets underway, domestic mosquitos will inevitably spread infection from one person to another.

The funds to control disease should be available for use by health care professionals without Congressional debate.