Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

November 7, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Keep health department open

I dropped by the South Shore branch of the Greenup County Health Department a few days ago and was surprised to find it closed. A note on the door explained the business days there had been reduced to two a week.

An unofficial remark made to another person later stated that the health department would close the facility altogether in the near future. Lack of business is the reason, it was reported.

It’s no wonder. The office for the health department in South Shore is the most hidden-away of any business in the city. You have to know where you are going to find it. In addition, hardly anyone (myself included) knows what services the branch office provides. For that matter, we don’t know what the main facility offers. I have asked for many years if there is a brochure available that explains these services or the lack thereof. To date, I have not seen even one.

Closing the South Shore branch of the health department would be a serious step backward in Greenup County progress. For years, many of us requested that health department’s services be extended to the western end of Greenup County because so many of our older citizens can’t travel 20 miles to Greenup. As far as I know, there is no public transportation.

 Times are tough for many of our citizens who live on disability and other fixed income budgets and large numbers of the working poor in this area who have no health insurance. My belief is the health department can provide aid and comfort to these folks and others who have lost so much over the years.

Closing this facility would add to the widespread conviction that the western end of the county is being left out of the picture, one more time.

Soc Clay, South Shore

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