Pomeroy Daily Sentinel (Ohio) (03.21.13)
In the Meigs County, Ohio, TB Clinic annual report, Executive Director Nancy Broderick, R.N., stated that Meigs County diagnosed no active TB cases in 2012. She noted, however, that four clinic patients had positive skin tests, with two who received treatment for latent (inactive) TB infections, one who finished treatment, and another who did not comply with the clinic’s recommendations. The clinic performed 1,505 skin tests and 88 chest X-rays, convened 17 outside clinics, and provided skin testing in the county’s schools.
The Meigs County Commissioners and a Board of Directors—consisting of 13 members representing all county townships—supervises the levy-funded clinic, which provides free services to anyone who lives or works in the county. The clinic offers skin testing, chest X-rays for positive reactors, lab work, and medications for active or inactive TB. The clinic also arranges doctor appointments. Jeremy Parsons, DO, the clinic’s new physician, oversees its chest X-ray clinics and provides healthcare to those who do not have a private physician. Once someone is diagnosed with active TB, that person receives treatment in their own home or in a hospital if there are other medical problems. A nurse provides routine home visits.
Broderick explained that TB can almost always be treated and cured if patients take their medications as their healthcare provider directs. She further stated that if they follow the physician’s treatment plan, active TB patients normally are no longer contagious within a few weeks of starting treatment. The Meigs County TB Clinic, located at 112 Memorial Drive in Pomeroy, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The telephone number is (740) 992–3722. The clinic does not give skin tests on Thursdays.