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Ohio Department of Health announces opening of clinic in East Palestine

'A toxicologist will either be on site or available by phone,' the Ohio Department of Health wrote in a statement

Published: February 20, 2023 5:49pm

Updated: February 20, 2023 7:29pm

The Ohio Department of Health announced this week the opening of a health clinic in East Palestine to assist with those harmed by the toxic chemicals from the Norfolk Southern train derailment.

"Registered nurses and mental health specialists will be on hand. A toxicologist will either be on site or available by phone," the Ohio Department of Health said in a statement

ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, said he met with multiple residents of the East Palestine area who have been concerned about the toxic chemicals and how it's impacting their community. 

“Last week, I was in East Palestine and listened as many area residents expressed their concerns and fears,” Vanderhoff said. “I heard you, the state heard you, and now the Ohio Department of Health and many of our partner agencies are providing this clinic, where people can come and discuss these vital issues with medical providers."

The clinic will open Tuesday. and will be open all week except Sunday.

“We encourage anyone who has medical concerns or questions to take advantage of this resource," Vanderhoff said. 

The clinic provides residents a chance to discuss concerns and receive a health assessment.  Referrals will be made if needed. 

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