The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has received a 100 percent score for its ability to receive and dispense medicine and medical supplies within 48 hours of a public health emergency.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program is a national warehouse of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public. During a major public health emergency, state and local stocks of medicine and medical supplies may be depleted quickly. The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies anywhere and to save lives by rapidly dispensing medications to an entire affected population.
MSDH has planned, trained and been graded on this federal program since December 2000. On September 2, 2005, Mississippi became the first and only state to receive, stage, store, and distribute the SNS package "12 hour push package" of medicine and medical supplies during its response to Hurricane Katrina.
"Public health is now integrated into the emergency response system as a full partner, and often, as the lead player. That's because any type of hazard or emergency can affect the health and safety of Mississippians. This report further indicates that Mississippi is better prepared to respond to a public health emergency," said Jim Craig, Director of Health Protection.
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