By Colin Johnson, Director of Environmental Health Division, Medina County Health Department
With nearly 200 countries around the world celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd, it’s surprising that many people are still unaware that a healthy environment is directly linked to their own personal health.
The World Health Organization estimates that 85 of the 102 major diseases reported in the World Health Report are spread environmentally. Diseases like malaria, some types of cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, and respiratory infections are all results of poor air, water, or food conditions.To reduce the spread of disease and improve the overall health of the public, communities need to take a closer look at the factors that may be jeopardizing the health of their citizens.
The Medina County Health Department’s Environmental Health Division is out in the community every day sampling, searching, and inspecting. . . all to ensure your health and safety at home, work, and play. Trained sanitarians test the air quality at schools, inspect playground equipment, check the water quality of every public swimming pool and spa in the county. . . and that’s just the beginning. Every time you eat at a local restaurant, purchase food at a grocery store or even pick up a snack at the gas station, you can be certain that the Medina County Health Department was there first, examining kitchen conditions and working with food service employees to prevent the spread of disease. We inspect wells sewage systems, new plumbing systems. . . and yes, we even inspect tattoo and body art studios, making sure clean equipment is being used and safety precautions are being taken.
For more information about environmental health hazards and how our Environmental Health Division is working to protect you , visit us at www.medinahealth.org or stop by our booth at the Medina County Park District’s Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Buffalo Creek Retreat, 4708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville.
The Medina County Health Department has protected your health since 1918 and is a trusted source of health guidance for creating a healthy environment, healthy people, and a healthy community. Services are partially supported by your property tax health levy. Equal opportunity provider.