By Wayne Allen
November 3, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
It’s estimated the voters of Scioto County have been supporting the counties Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic with an annual levy since the 1950s. This Tuesday voters will again be asked to support the levy.
“The TB department (clinic) is a requirement that we (Scioto County) have the ability to test people for Tuberculosis,” said Michael Martin, Chairman of the TB board. “If your a resident of Scioto County you can be tested for free. We have people who have been exposed (to Tuberculosis) back in the ’50s when we had a lot of problems with Tuberculosis and we still have people who are positive.”
He said the TB Clinic does a yearly chest X-ray looking at those who have been exposed to make sure they do not have active Tuberculosis.
“In Scioto County, we have a lot of immigrants who come in and we test them to see if they have been exposed to Tuberculosis,” Martin said. “If they have been exposed they get treated so, it does not spread to others.”
He said the staff of the clinic goes out and makes sure those who have been exposed get the proper treatment for up to a year with several medications.
“The nurse will go their their house and make sure they take the needed medications and make sure they become cleared of this disease,” Martin said. “There are several reasons why the voters of Scioto County should support this levy.”
Since this is something that’s required to be provided, if the levy fails the money to fund the clinic would have to come from existing county and city funding.
“This (TB Clinic) has been carved out by the citizens of Scioto County to have a separate clinic. That takes the burden off the city and county,” Martin said.
Martin said he also is a member of the Scioto County Health Board and if the levy were to fail, “the county would have to take money from the health department to do this, which would take money from the townships.”
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