South Health District

District News Release

Update on Openings

All county health departments, clinics and offices within South Health District, except for Echols County Health Department, will reopen tomorrow at 8am.

DPH Urges Safety Precautions After Irma

Hurricane/tropical storm Irma is no longer a threat but recovering from the storm will take weeks, and even longer in some parts of the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to use extreme caution particularly in the next few days as residents return to their homes, power is restored and […]

Health Departments and District Offices Closed Additional Day

Valdosta – South Health District and health departments located in Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, including the Lake Park and Hahira health departments, Tift, and Turner Counties will remain closed on Wednesday, September 13. Currently, all clinics and facilities plan to resume normal business hours on Thursday, September 14. Environmental Health […]

SHD Facilities Plan to Close in Response to Irma

South Health District, the Adult Health Promotion clinic, and health departments located in Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, including the Lake Park and Hahira health departments, Tift, and Turner Counties will be closed on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. The decision to close these facilities is a precautionary measure […]

Confirmed Cases of Mosquito-borne Diseases

DPH has confirmed a resident tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ben Hill County and a horse tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Lowndes County.

A Healthy Start Begins With On-Time Vaccinations

Immunizations give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before age 2.

Hospitalizations and Deaths Possibly tied to Street Drugs in Georgia

DPH has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs surfacing in central and South Georgia

Memorial Day and Mosquitoes in Georgia

ATLANTA – Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and in Georgia, the beginning of mosquito season. Avoiding mosquito bites protects you and your family from mosquito-borne illness and helps prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illness in Georgia.  The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends the use of EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET […]

DPH Recognizes EMS Week & Stroke Awareness Month

DPH recognizes May as Stroke Awareness Month, and this week (May 21 – 27) as Annual EMS Week. In combination, DPH recognizes that without Emergency Medical Services, treating stroke quickly – critical to preventing permanent brain damage – would not be possible.

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