Emergency preparedness tabled again

    Wilbur Coun­ty Board of Health’s reg­u­lar month­ly meet­ing con­vened at the cour­t­house Tues­day evening. Items on the agen­da includ­ed emer­gency pre­pared­ness in the event of a bio­log­i­cal attack and the progress of physi­cian recruit­ment efforts.
    Matt Thomp­son, Board Chair, asked fel­low board mem­bers, Albert Arling­ton and Tru­man Hedrick, “Will Ger­maine die for lack of a doctor?”
    â€œLittle Ger­maine Van Bib­ber did,” Arling­ton respond­ed and was met by groans from the rest of the board and the small group of pub­lic atten­dees, which includ­ed Lucille Charlebois-LaPlante whose out­spo­ken sup­port of Cuban med­i­cine was fea­tured on the op/ed page of the Truth last week.
    Thomp­son admit­ted that the board had no encour­ag­ing news to report vis a vis recruit­ment. “We haven’t had a sin­gle response to those ads in the med­ical jour­nals. No grad­u­at­ing med­ical stu­dent or prac­tic­ing doc­tor look­ing for a change of scenery has tak­en the bait.”
    The chair went on to say that the Rur­al Area Med­ical Com­mit­tee (RAMC) also has drawn blanks. He accom­pa­nied RAMC to three teach­ing hos­pi­tals in order to appeal to interns. He expressed his dis­cour­age­ment. “It is as if we were lep­ers or worse, sim­ply invisible,too insignif­i­cant to consider.”
    Charlebois-LaPlante broke the silence that fol­lowed Thompson’s com­ment, “I think it is time to con­sid­er the Cuban alter­na­tive. And I will glad­ly vol­un­teer to fol­lowup by invit­ing a mem­ber of the Cuban med­ical com­mu­ni­ty to vis­it Ger­maine and dis­cuss the mat­ter further.”
    After a short debate, the board agreed to give Charlebois-LaPlante per­mis­sion to act on the board’s behalf in con­tact­ing and extend­ing an invi­ta­tion as she had vol­un­teered to do.
    Emer­gency pre­pared­ness was tabled for the third con­sec­u­tive meet­ing. Board mem­bers vowed to address it at the next meet­ing which will be held as usu­al on the third Tues­day of the month at the Wilbur Coun­ty Cour­t­house at 7:00 pm. The pub­lic is wel­come to all Wilbur Coun­ty Board of Health meet­ings.

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