VERSAILLES – Health officer Dr. David Welsh told Ripley County Health Department members April 15 he is urging “folks to do their own health care reform.
“Increase your activity. Do what your mom and grandma told you. Eat a low-fat diet and fruits and vegetables. Put your garden out. If you don’t know how to garden, there are lots of people around here who can teach you.”
He stressed, “Across the country, different areas have seen a drop in the number of people who are getting vaccinated .... Make sure your vaccinations are up to date. It’s important to do this not only for yourself, but for your friends, neighbors and families. If you have a large number of people immunized, you have a better chance of people not getting sick.”
Members also discussed how temporary food establishment inspections could be done more efficiently, especially during large events, such as the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s Spring Shoot, Friendship, in June.
President Dr. Harley Robinson said he talked to health officials from another county, and “they do not collect money in the field from the establishments because then ... (staff members) are personally responsible for that fee.” Vendors have to stop by the office or mail a check in advance.”
Traci Bauman, environmental health specialist/chief food specialist, revealed, “Applications are sent out prior to the events. Most send them back, but some don’t,” and then fees are collected at the event.
Members would like to have all vendors pay in advance. However, Bauman pointed out, “You have to have a county ordinance that says you have to pay before you set up.”
Member Dr. Steve Stein announced, “The issue with Friendship is the number of vendors, with many who are away from here.”
Robinson asked Bauman to make the wording on the application a little stronger so persons understand they need to have their information and money submitted in advance.