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S NUMBERS UP IN REPORT

March 29, 1992

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The number of people served by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's last year increased by about 11 percent from 1990, the health department's annual report says.

During an interview last week, Kay Kent, director of the department, said more people are coming to the health department for personal health services and environmental health services.

Kent said the economy certainly played a role in the increase.

While she outlined highlights of the department's annual report, specifically services that increased by at least 10 percent, Kent commended her staff for working hard to meet the needs of Douglas County residents.

"The staff does a really good job providing quality service," Kent said. "We are constantly striving to do a very good job."

Kent also said she appreciated the support of the city and county commissions and the local health board.

FOLLOWING are figures that Kent highlighted during the interview:

A 33 percent increase in the number of immunizations, up from 12,809 in 1990 to 17,017 in 1991. The number of flu immunizations increased from 2,639 in 1990 to 3,478 in 1991.

A 41 percent increase in the number of people who were tested for HIV, which causes AIDS, up from 395 in 1990 to 556 in 1991. In 1990, 178 women were tested, and in 1991, 304 women were tested. In 1990, 214 men were tested; 240 were tested in 1991. The number of people who tested positive for HIV decreased from nine in 1990 to five in 1991.

A 20 percent increase in the number of home visits by public health nurses, up from 189 in 1990 to 227 in 1991. The reasons for home visits range from child abuse or neglect and lack of parenting skills to medical and mental health problems.

A 10 percent increase in visits to the women, infants and children clinic, up from 2,319 in 1990 to 2,558 in 1991. Kent also highlighted a 25 percent increase in the number of WIC cases by the end of the year, up from 886 in 1990 to 1,106 in 1991.

A 39 percent increase in the total number of environmental health field visits. For example, septic tank and lateral field inspections increased from 455 in 1990 to 532 in 1991, and food establishment inspections increased from 191 in 1990 to 289 in 1991.

The annual report is scheduled to be released at the Douglas County Commission meeting at 9 a.m. Monday.

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