Education is healthiest tool we have

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Presently, the rising cost of health care has been a major cause for concern for many throughout our nation. Although we may not have control over many genetic diseases, with education some illnesses can be controlled and even prevented.

In recognition of this fact, the Mississippi Department of Health has targeted 10 counties throughout the state to participate in their ongoing Health Awareness Campaigns.

Both Adams and Jefferson counties have been included in this group of 10. It is felt that through community-level education, progress can be made in controlling wide spread growth, by reducing the risk of certain illnesses.

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Specifically, they wish to focus on the rise of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS within our state.

Now I do not wish to indicate or imply that these illnesses are currently running rampant within our community, they are not. And a proper education in these areas can ensure that they never will.

A community-wide health summit targeting junior and senior high students and their parents is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 6 in the auditorium of Natchez High School. However, all who are concerned with health care matters within our community are encouraged to come and be informed by representatives of the State Department of Health on what you, and members of your family can do to prevent the spread of STDs and HIV/ AIDS.

The most recent statistics provided by the state indicate that we have among the lowest levels of reported incidents of these potentially deadly diseases.

We need to become a well informed community to prevent any statistical growth in our area.

This project is brought to you by the Rho Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. in partnership with the mayor’s office of community development, Alcorn State University School of Nursing, the Natchez-Adams School District, the Jefferson County School District, the Mayors Youth Council of the City of Natchez, the 4H Club, the Boys & Girls Club, Adams County Girl Scouts and the Alcorn State Extension Program and was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Health.

Darrell White is a city employee.