Hawaii Department of Health receives grant for TB study

The Tuberculosis Control Branch of the Hawaii Department of Health recently received $3.75 million to take part in a U.S. government TB study.

The Hawaii Department of Health was one of only 10 sites in the United States selected to participate in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored Tuberculosis Epidemiological Studies Consortium, according to BizJournals.com.

“This funding will provide additional resources for the TB Control program to provide enhanced services for people with latent TB infection who are at risk for developing and spreading active TB,” David Sakamoto, the deputy director of health resources, said, BizJournals.com reports. “Our participation will enable Hawaii to contribute to improved tuberculosis control and prevention activities both here and nationwide,” he continued.

In late September, the CDC awarded Hawaii’s health department $5.3 million in emergency preparedness funding. The money is part of the federal Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. Hawaii intends to use the money to pay for more laboratory testing, disease surveillance and investigation, and warning capabilities.

Food safety defense, rapid detection, identification and response to toxins, bioterrorism preparedness and effective public notification and alerts are all covered in the program’s responsibilities.

“We are constantly evaluating and updating our emergency preparedness,” the state’s director of health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, said, BizJournals.com reports. “You can never be too prepared.”