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Public Health Dept. Receives More Money For Refugee Services

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO---The increasing arrival of refugees to our area prompted the state to grant the City's Health Department with nearly 390 thousand dollars to help with the population's health care.

That's more than 70 thousand dollars than the city received last year.

The funds will provide initial screenings for the refugees, testing patients for diseases like, tuberculosis.

Health department officials tell NewsChannel 10, these screenings not only keep the refugees healthy, but ensure the settled Amarillo population does not get sick from the illnesses that may have traveled.

In addition, the grant boosts the Public Health Department's nursing staff to handle the growing need.

It helps enroll the refugees in the medicaid program for eight months. Public Health Department officials say, they will have provided for nearly 850 refugees new to Amarillo and the United States by the end of this year.

That's a jump of more than a hundred people from 2009.

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