State Medical Reserve Corps here to help with swine flu, other medical emergencies
As more diagnosed cases of the H1N1 virus increase across Kentucky, nearly every local health department has some extra hands prepared to help.
Kentucky has some 3,400 members in the Medical Reserve Corps, a group of medical professionals and other volunteers who are trained to step up in a medical emergency.
"We are going to need a lot of people to help," with the mass immunizations that are in the works, said April Thomas, public health coordinator with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. "These volunteers are going to be very, very important."
For more information about the state program go to www.khelps.chfs.ky.gov/VolunteerMobilizer/
For Fayette County: www.lexingtonmrc.com/
For other information, call your local health department.
The Kentucky corps has the distinction of being the only one in the country to have been activated twice within the last year, said Rebecca Gillis, the state's branch manager for public health preparedness.
Volunteers staffed an emergency medical shelter in Louisville to handle some 1,500 evacuees when Hurricane Gustav blew through Louisiana in 2008, and they helped local health department staffs during last winter's ice storm. http://www.kentucky.com/latest_news/story/907272.html