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8-A Friday, April 25, 1975 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Dr. William H. Stewart, state health commissioner signed the Bill of Rights for Nonsmokers yesterday as Dr. Bettina Hitman watched. Both were speakers for the Louisiana Public Health Association's meeting yester-day. Dr. Hilman is a faculty member of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. (Times Photo by Ken Aclin) Public Health Boost Urged By Elaine King Times Medical Writer Progress is being made in the public health field in Louisiana, but areas exist that require much more work, a state health official said here Thursday. There is an enormous amount of work to do in child care, for example, according to Dr. William Stewart, state h e a l t h commissioner, Louisiana Health and Human Resources Administration. Stewart was in Shreveport yesterday afternoon to present "The State of the State: Report on the State Health Program," at the 1975 Louisiana Public Health Association's annual meeting. On the plus side, he said, "The immunization level in children is something we can be proud of" and that most of Louisiana's residents are well immunized. But there are minuses, he said. Once or twice a week, Stewart said, he works at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and when he enters through the east admitting room there are usually 20 to 25 people "on rollers" awaiting treatment and a hundred "milling around." Caddo, Bossier News "I don't understand why I see that," he said, in a nation that spends $100 billion a year on health care. Within the state there are some budgeting problems that were created when the state's new constitution went into effect Jan. 1, he noted. The legislation is moving toward one appropriation per year, he said, and to get emergency appropriations during the year will be much more difficult. Before the new constitution took effect, he said, money from Medicaid and Medicare went into a pocket that could be transferred to another program as needed. But under the new constitution, the money goes to the state treasury, he said. Care of emotionally and mentally disturbed children by the division is another problem, Dr. Stewart said. Some of the children that were sent out of state because Louisiana ran out of room in its institutions are being brought back from Texas as Louisiana facilities permit, he said. There are juveniles, he said, that need to be sent to an institution, but juvenile authorities have nowhere but a state reformatory to send them. There is a need for diagnosis and therapy facilities to handle such children outside the penal system, he said. Louisiana doesn't have the kind of programs that, at an early age, would prevent such problems. "We're dealing with the symptoms," he said. The cost of maintaining an institution is enormous, he said, and there is one institution that cares for children with serious emotional disturbances that want $3,000 per month for the care. The child might have to be treated for 30-40 months and in some cases the chance of success might be only five per cent, he said.
|Title||Public Health Boost Urged|
King, Elaine T.
Louisiana Public Health Association
Stewart, William H., 1921-2008
|Notes||photo of Bettina Hilman and William H. Stewart|
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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