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“Governor Corzine and I are grateful that the Obama administration recognizes the importance of planning for the resurgence of H1N1 Influenza," Commissioner Howard said. “The funding is a tremendous benefit as
The funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is part of a national effort to coordinate and strengthen the response to H1N1 Influenza at all levels of government—state, county and local health and education agencies and in the private sector— and with the department’s health care and business partners.
“By working with our partners, we have been able to determine the best way to fund our H1N1 preparedness efforts,” Commissioner Howard said in discussing the funding at today’s Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Summit at the New Brunswick Hyatt Regency.
An additional $9 million will be awarded to
Also, $2 million will be awarded to five regional health care facilities to purchase personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, surgical gowns and supplies. This equipment will be available to healthcare facilities within each region.
The state used nearly $7 million of the federal funding for response, vaccination planning, antiviral distribution and a public education campaign.
The state will also purchase personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves for emergency responders. An additional $1.8 million is earmarked for enhancement of its Public Health and Environmental Laboratories (PHEL) and surveillance capabilities.
There is $1 million in funding that is being kept in reserve for emerging issues that may arise during the H1N1 response.
The funding was also used to hold the five-part Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Summit which concludes today. The goal—throughout the summit—has been to enhance pandemic preparedness across government, in the private sector and throughout the healthcare system.
The $40 million in federal funding includes $10 million in preparedness funds previously announced in July.
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