Health department should be of interest to residents

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

A news item in the Jan. 27 Mercury announced the first official meeting of the Riley County Board of Health. It will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, in the County Commission chambers of the Court House Plaza East Building, 115 N. Fourth St. The Board of Health oversees the Riley County Health Depart-ment.

The health department is essential to maintaining the well-being of our citizens, a goal long supported by the League of Women Voters of Manhattan-Riley County. Until recently the department operated indepen-dently, with funding assistance split between the City of Man-hattan (45 percent) and Riley County, (55 percent). With the city having withdrawn from the shared arrangement, however, the county now has overall responsibility for the health department.

In that transition, county commissioners have taken on the added role as members of the department’s governing body, the Riley County Board of Health.  

The health department has a wide range of services that help keep the county’s citizens healthy — child care oversight, food safety, family nutrition, clinics, vaccines, environmental services, emergency prepared-ness, breast cancer awareness and health education. The department helps in so many ways to make Manhattan and Riley County good places to live.  

Therefore, the League encour-ages citizens to be informed about the health department’s many benefits that merit our support. Plan to attend the meeting on Feb. 24 and learn more about the department and its current operation under the County Commission and the Board of Health.

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