FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher today visited Pike County and presented a grant for a much-needed mobile health unit for the Pike County Health Department and road bond funding for resurfacing of various streets in Pikeville.
"The Pike County Medical Mobile Unit will make getting basic health care much easier," said Governor Fletcher. "It is important for our citizens to have access to preventative health care this service will provide."
Funding for the health department's mobile unit is a $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). It will enable the health department to extend its reach to isolated areas of the county, where many people lack their own means of transportation, and to instill the concept of preventive health care as the norm.
"Bringing health care to rural parts of Pike County will vastly improve the lives of our citizens," said Sen. Ray S. Jones II (D-Pikeville). "This service will bring proper treatment to those who need it the most."
The unit will provide essential preventive services such as lipid and cholesterol testing, glucose testing, pregnancy tests and screenings for prostate, cervical and breast cancer.
Other services will include hemoglobin and blood pressure checks, immunizations, family planning, nutritional counseling, body fat analysis, body mass index analysis, "well-child" physicals, bone density scanning and various forms of health education.
"We know that many of our citizens can't travel to get even the most basic health care services. A mobile medical unit will literally save lives of people living in rural Pike County," said Rep. Hubert Collins (D-Wittensville).
"As our population gets older, it's important that people have access to basic health care services so they are able to lead healthier lifestyles," said Rep. Leslie Combs (D-Pikeville).
"Children who don't have access to health care will greatly benefit from a medical unit that can come to their homes and provide preventive health care," said Rep. Keith Hall (D-Phelps). "This will also give health care workers an opportunity to provide educational material to children."
ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to 51 counties in eastern and south-central Kentucky. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to the Governor's Office for Local Development.
Governor Fletcher also presented the citizens of Pikeville with $300,000 in road bond funds for street resurfacing. This funding will provide much-needed improvements and smoother surfaces on many of the community's thoroughfares.
Streets to be resurfaced include: Nightingale Lane, Honey Suckle Drive, Laurel Lane, Holley Court, Ivy Court, St. Clair Street, Steel Street, Mae Avenue, Yost Street, Third Street, Justice Dairy Alley, Sycamore Street, Trivette Street, Trivette Pond Street, Second Street, Bank Street, Fife Fork, Walters Road Sections1 and 2, Williams Hollow, Habitat Street, Poplar Street, Bob Billips Drive, Douglas Street, Harolds Branch and Old Island Creek Road.