Many residents of Kanawha County utilize individual home sewage disposal systems since sanitary sewers are not accessible to all parts of the county. KCHD staff work hard to ensure that sewage disposal systems function properly and do not compromise drinking and ground water quality. KCHD permits, inspects and approves on-site wastewater system installations and works with subdivisions, sewage treatment plants, home aeration units and septic tank cleaners to ensure that the regulations governing them are followed.
The Recreation Program deals mainly with summertime outdoor programs, with the exception of the Indoor Water Facilities. Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and bathing beaches are governed by the new State Bureau of Public Health Recreational Water Facilities Rule which came into effect July 1, 2002. The KCHD inspects over 105 water facilities in the county.
Housing encompasses a wide range of programs. The main purpose of any program in the housing division is to ensure a clean, safe and sanitary environment. All permitted establishments in each program are inspected a minimum of two times a year, except public schools, which are inspected bi-annually. The KCHD permits Child Care Centers, Bed and Breakfasts, Mobile Home Parks, Hotel/Motels, and Public and private Schools.
During natural disasters like flooding, floodwaters carry disease-causing organisms that can lead to serious illness or even death, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department recommends that you take precautions. As you begin the task of cleaning up your home or business and salvaging belongings remember to take the proper precautions to protect your health. Resources Instructions for […]
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department provides a wide range of services dealing with disaster and disease. KCHD provides instruction and technical assistance during natural disasters; conducts animal encounter investigations and submits rabies samples as required; and advises and assists with solid waste and indoor air pollution problems as needed.
The United States Surgeon General and numerous other credible authorities and medical researchers have determined that the simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same airspace may reduce, but does not eliminate, the exposure of nonsmokers to environmental tobacco smoke, and smoking bans remain the most viable and cost-effective method of protecting patrons. This page contains a copy of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department Clean Indoor Air Regulation.
Who needs flu vaccine? Everyone, Every Year! Influenza is a virus infection that spreads from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Even healthy people can get the flu, and it can be serious. That’s why everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. This season, protect yourself — and those […]
Head lice are small parasitic insects. Head lice are about the size of a sesame seed and live on the human scalp. They are brownish, tan or gray in color and move by crawling. Lice do not jump or fly, and do not transmit diseases. They feed on human blood and without it they can’t […]
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries. Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, […]
We are a provider of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP). This is a comprehensive public health program that helps uninsured or underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival. To initially qualify, you […]
The Family Planning Program offers comprehensive medical examinations including: Pelvic exams Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer Clinical breast exams and instruction Testicular exams and instruction (males) Screening and treatment for some sexually transmitted diseases Health education and counseling Pregnancy tests Basic infertility information The following guidelines must be met in order to qualify: […]
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Kanawha County Schools partner every year to offer the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination in the schools. This vaccine is offered in the fall. Influenza vaccination is the best way to protect your family from this potentially serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every person over […]