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DHEC Observes National Injury Prevention Day

National Injury Prevention Day is observed Nov. 18, and was first recognized nationally in November 2019. This year will be the third year that the state of South Carolina has brought awareness to injury prevention and all that the state does throughout the year.

You can visit DHEC’s Injury and Violence Prevention webpage to explore the different programs that DHEC currently promotes.  

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DHEC Encourages Residents to Embrace Those Impacted by Alzheimer’s During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging residents to engage in the observation by learning more about Alzheimer’s, spending time with family and friends who have the disease and finding other ways to show support.

“People who live with Alzheimer’s are just like everyone else. They need to feel daily support and love from the people closest to them,” said Eboni Whitehurst, DHEC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Program Manager. “We strongly encourage the families and friends of people with Alzheimer’s to provide patient, calming care for their loved ones, and we urge others who come in contact with people suffering from Alzheimer’s to be helpful and supportive.”

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DHEC Joins Team South Carolina to Prepare & Respond to Hurricane Ian

Sept. 26 – Oct. 1, 2022

DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer joins South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and other state emergency officials on Sept. 30, 2022, to provide an update on Hurricane Ian.

Before Hurricane Ian ever made landfall in South Carolina, DHEC’s team of dedicated employees began to prepare for the storm’s anticipated impact.

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#WorldHepatitisDay Focuses on Need for Urgency in the Fight Against Viral Hepatitis 

“I can’t wait.” That’s the theme the World Hepatitis Alliance has chosen for World Hepatitis Day, July 28. The intent is to highlight the need to accelerate the fight against viral hepatitis, the importance of testing and treatment, and to amplify the voices of people affected by calling for immediate action and the end of stigma and discrimination.  

In our state, we declare that South Carolina Can’t Wait!  

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