HAVERHILL — Town is attempting to fill a emptiness on its Well being Board — a key group even in regular occasions, however particularly so throughout the pandemic when the board makes necessary selections associated to the well being disaster.
The board, which has three seats, is one member quick as a result of Dr. Alexander Matolcsy has left the group as a result of private well being points, stated Mayor James Fiorentini.
“Dr. Matolcsy is leaving for well being causes, though we do hope that he will get higher shortly,” the mayor stated.
Fiorentini stated that whereas town seeks a substitute for Matolcsy, the board — which consists of native businessman Peter Carbone and Dr. Romie Mundy — will proceed functioning throughout this crucial pandemic time, so long as each members take part in making selections. Such selections require a majority vote of the board — two out of three votes.
“We have held a lot of on-line conferences over the previous a number of months and Dr. Matolcsy was too sick to attend,” Carbone stated. “Any votes we have had have been unanimous (each collaborating members voting in favor), so there hasn’t been a difficulty with a tie vote. Town is lucky to have a public well being division that has been functioning nicely all through the COVID disaster.”
The Well being Board’s actions can have a wide-ranging impact on the neighborhood — particularly throughout the pandemic. An instance is the board’s short-term ban of youth sports activities in Haverhill final fall as a method to forestall the unfold of COVID-19.
Examples of Well being Board actions earlier than the pandemic embody elevating the smoking age in Haverhill from 18 to 21 after the board reviewed a lot knowledge on the topic. The board modified the smoking age previous to the state enacting the identical rule. Earlier than that, the board supported an anti-smoking effort by banning pharmacies within the metropolis from promoting tobacco merchandise.
Whereas the volunteer Well being Board doesn’t require as a lot time dedication as different native regulatory teams such because the Planning Board, the Well being Board is critically necessary, the mayor stated.
He stated to be thought-about for the board’s vacant place, it will be helpful for a candidate to have a background in medication, nursing, public or environmental well being, veterinary work, septic design, engineering or legislation.
The Well being Division’s final duty is to guard the general public well being, the mayor stated.
For extra info or to obtain an utility to fill the vacant Well being Board seat, go to on-line at cityofhaverhill.com/departments/health_and_inspections/index.php.
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