Members of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the March of Dimes are lobbying Congress for more funding that covers a longer period of time to combat Zika, but say they are trying to develop a bigger coalition to make their case.
A hiring freeze at the Department of Health and Human Services poses a threat along with the $838 million that will be cut from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization that oversees vaccine development, Kaiser Health News reported recently.
CDC says about 5,300 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States as of May 31, with 224 acquired from local mosquitoes and 5,206 in people who traveled to affected areas.
A continuously funded public health emergency program - like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is needed to combat outbreaks of diseases like Zika or Ebola.
Those below the poverty line will face even more danger if the proposed budget cuts and the GOP’s health care plan pass.They will have less access to contraceptives, significant as about 45% of all pregnancies in the U.S are unintended, NACCHO notes.