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Rahul Gupta, MD has resigned from his post as commissioner and state health officer for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, effective Nov. 5. Gupta is moving to the March of Dimes as its senior vice president and chief medical and health officer.

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A panel charged with helping shape the state’s new medical marijuana law met in Morgantown Thursday, Dec. 14. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard from guest speakers and announced the results of a recent survey.

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A new program that tracks drug overdoses will be discussed this week at Marshall University.

West Virginia health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta and others will lead a presentation of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program on Thursday at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's campus in Huntington.

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An advisory board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia has been announced, with state Bureau for Public Health Commissioner and State Health Officer Rahul Gupta serving as chairman.

A dozen others were also named to the board, including physicians, pharmacists, social worker, prosecutor, patient advocate and horticulturalist.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say the state will get almost $1.3 million in federal funding for its clinics program to treat black lung disease that afflicts thousands of coal miners who inhaled dust from the rock and coal.

According to West Virginia's health commissioner Dr. Rahul Gupta, more than 7,900 residents get services from nine clinics across the state.

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West Virginia's health officer says the flu outbreak has increased statewide and is expected to peak in a few weeks.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, says flu activity is widespread in the state.

  West Virginia health officials are investigating whether lawmakers and others became ill from drinking raw milk at the Capitol shortly after passing a law loosening restrictions on drinking it.

So far, state and county health officials say they haven't received reports of raw-milk-related illnesses. Raw milk may contain dangerous bacteria, including Listeria, Salmonella and E. Coli.

Last week, a collaborative project between West Virginia State University, the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and the World Health Organization brought thousands of scholars, researchers, professionals and students to Dubai for a conference titled “Solutions for Better Life”. Kara Lofton sat down with West Virginia Commissioner of Public Health Rahul Gupta, who was a keynote speaker at the conference, to talk about the experience.

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While West Virginia continues to be free of the Zika virus, the Appalachian states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama and Georgia have all reported cases. The virus is spread through mosquitoes and was first dectected in South America.

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The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health announced legislation today that, if passed, could modernize the state’s public health system and increase revenue.

The proposed legislation would make it easier for local health department to bill insurance companies at the maximum allowable rates. 

Currently, the state subsidizes many local programs and services. In a Tuesday press conference, Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health Rahul Gupta said that this model is unsustainable - especially considering that more WV residents than ever before are insured.

Naloxone Prescriptions Prove Hard to Come By

Jan 18, 2016
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Along with a needle exchange program in Huntington for users who can’t kick their heroin addiction, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department is offering a certification class for a potentially life-saving drug Naloxone. However, some doctors are hesitant to prescribe the opioid overdose blocker.

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The West Virginia Public Health Impact Task Force has approved the final version of a plan to redefine the mission of public health in the state and work more effectively with communities.

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The most common way children are exposed to lead these days is from the lead-based paint almost universally found in homes built before 1980. (Lead-based paint was outlawed in the late ’70s.)

When the paint deteriorates and chips, it causes dust particles that can be inhaled or even eaten (think slobbery teething toy belonging to a 10-month-old on the floor next to an old baseboard covered in lead-based paint).

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health issued a Public Health Advisory in response to the blue-green algae blooms in the Ohio River and in some of its tributaries.


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State officials are meeting again in a push to redefine the mission of public health in West Virginia.

The Bureau for Public Health will hold another meeting of the public health impact task force Wednesday afternoon.

The group will hear presentations on the future of public health, survey results and work by the panel's subgroups.

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State officials have kicked off a push at redefining the mission of public health in West Virginia.

The Bureau for Public Health held an initial meeting of the public health impact task force Wednesday.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with the state’s new chief health officer, Dr. Rahul Gupta about his plans to improve the overall health of the state’s citizens.  And we’ll visit a car-building competition at WVU that has students already being recruited for jobs in the auto industry. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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If you live in a nine county area in southern and central West Virginia, the name Rahul Gutpa may be a familiar one. During the January 2014 water crisis, Gutpa’s name became synonymous with the term “medical monitoring,” something he fought long and hard for during the weeks some West Virginians were without clean water and in the months after.

Since, the former director of the Kanawha-Charleston and Putnam County Health Departments has taken on a new role in government. Gupta was appointed as the state’s Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health and chief health officer in January, overseeing 130 statewide programs and some 700 employees.  

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As soon as he was made aware of the Freedom Industries' chemical spill and the tap water use ban, Dr. Rahul Gupta said his main concern was the health and safety of the citizens in the affected area.

In January of 2014, Gupta was serving as the Executive Director of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department, a position he held since 2009, and was very vocal when responding to all of the possible health concerns related to the spill.

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Friday marks one year since a chemical tainted the drinking water supply for 300,000 people in and around Charleston, leaving some without usable water for as many as ten days. State lawmakers immediately took action to regulate aboveground storage tanks like the one responsible for the contamination, but the regulatory effort is on going.

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  State health officials are urging the public to take extra precautions before school starts next week to prevent the spread of the flu.

“As children return to school, West Virginia could see further increases in flu activity and influenza outbreaks in schools,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health.

Gupta was appointed to the position in late December and assumed the role at the beginning of the New Year.

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The state Bureau for Public Health will have a new chief beginning January 1 after a trying year for its current head.

The Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling announced in a press release Thursday Dr. Letitia Tierney will resign as the state’s chief Public Health Officer at the end of the year. Current Kanawha-Charleston Executive Director Dr. Rahul Gupta will take over as Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

Are W. Va. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

Oct 16, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department joins Beth Vorhees to talk about hospital preparations to handle contagious diseases.  And part 2 of Roxy Todd’s report about a special heirloom cornmeal that one chef uses for his Italian polenta.  A report from the kitchen.

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House Speaker Tim Miley announced his appointment Tuesday to a statewide panel that will focus on the quality of public water systems in West Virginia. 

Kanawha County Delegate Nancy Guthrie was appointed to the Public Water System Supply Study Committee on August 21 and will serve as a non-voting member.

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Senate President Jeff Kessler has announced his appointment to a statewide panel that will focus on the quality of public water systems in West Virginia.

Kessler announced in a press release the appointment of Kanawha- Charleston Health Department Executive Director Dr. Rahul Gupta to the panel. Gupta will serve as a non-voting member.

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Kanawha County residents got a better understanding of the impacts of the January 9 chemical spill on their community Monday evening as results from a scientific survey were released.

Those results show some surprising numbers when it comes to how people found out about the do not use ban, if they ignored instructions and how the spill itself effected not just their health, but also their wallets.

Dr. Rahul Gupta and Del. Cindy Frich appeared on Wednesday, May 7's episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Based simply on the titles of the segments from Wednesday's show, you can probably guess in which one they appear.

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With little known about the chemical compound MCHM, public health was—and remains—the focus of January’s spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries into the Elk River. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department and other public health officials gathered Tuesday for an online presentation hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to detail past and on-going efforts.

Gupta began his portion of the webinar to outline the timeline of the spill before moving on to data collected on the event. He said a recent survey shows that, while some residents were using the water to do laundry or for other purposes, many of those affected weren’t drinking the water at the beginning of March.

Kanawha Charleston Health Department

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans to join the city of Charleston in suing over a Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water supply.
 
County Health Department board members voted Tuesday to partner on the lawsuit. The city hasn't filed anything yet.

The Senate amends a bill that would protect those seeking emergency medical attention for someone else experiencing a drug overdose and also discusses a bill that aims to reduce the variance gas prices across the state. The House  Judiciary Committee takes another look at the False Claims Act. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department talks medical monitoring and Gov. Tomblin's request to the CDC for more studies on the chemicals involved in the Jan. 9 chemical spill.

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