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State to increase scrutiny of Putnam health dept

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A state health official says her agency will increase its scrutiny of the financially struggling Putnam County Health Department.

Bureau for Public Health commissioner Marian Swinker tells The Charleston Gazette ( the agency has a duty to monitor how Putnam spends state-allocated funds.

Putnam withdrew its application for $186,000 in state emergency funds after officials said they could not meet a May 15 deadline for submitting more information. The health board could reapply July 1. The department needs the money to cover debt, including $80,000 in rent. It has eliminated many non-mandatory programs, cut ties with some vendors and relieved some contract workers to save money.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says Putnam was the only health board to apply for emergency funds this year.


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