State Senator Hurtado touts $15 million in funding for Central Valley asthma patients
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By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


THE CENTRAL VALLEY HAS SOME OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF ASTHMA IN OUR COUNTRY. NOW A LOCAL LAW MAKER IS HOPING TO CHANGE THAT, INVESTING MILLIONS INTO ASTHMA PREVENTION SERVICES. 17’S EYTAN WALLACE JOINS US WITH DETAILS. EYTAN STATE SENATOR MELISSA HURTADO OF SANGER HAS SECURED 15 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET SHE SAYS THAT MONEY WILL HELP EFFORTS TO PREVENT ASTHMA STATEWIDE, INCLUDING RIGHT HERE IN KERN COUNTY. JULIE OTERO HAS ASTHMA. WHEREVER SHE GOES, SHE NEEDS THIS OXYGEN MACHINE TO ENSURE SHE GETS THE AIR SHE NEEDS. JULIE OTERO: “THIS IS CONCENTRATION OXYGEN THAT ALLOWS ME TO BE MOBILE OUTSIDE THE HOME. IT HAS ABOUT 4 OR 5 HOURS THAT ALLOWS ME TO BE OUTSIDE.” EYTAN: OTERO HAS LIVED WITH THE THE CHRONIC CONDITION FOR 10 YEARS — A CONDITION THAT INFLAMES AND NARROWS AIRWAYS IN THE LUNGS, MAKING IT HARDER TO BREATH. JULIE OTERO: “THIS I BATTLE WITH EVERY DAY. MY LIFE IS IN DANGER EVERY DAY. I LIVE WITH A DEATH SENTENCE ON MY HEAD ON A DAILY BASIS. THE AIR IS SO BAD, IT MAKES MY LIFE MORE IN JEOPARDY EVERY DAY.” EYTAN: AND OTERO IS NOT ALONE. IN 2016 THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCATION ESTIMATED AT LEAST 550,000 THOUSAND PEOPLE LIVE WITH ASTHMA IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY — 105,000 OF THEM, CHILDREN. BUT THIS MORNING IN BAKERSFIELD NAT APPLAUSE STATE SENATOR MELISSA HURTADO PRESENTED 15 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDS SHE SECURED FROM THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET. THE MONEY IS SET TO GO TOWARD ASTHMA PREVENTATIVE SERVICES INCLUDING ASTHMA EDUCATION THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THE MONEY ALSO WILL INVEST IN ASSESING IN- HOME ASTHMA TRIGGERS LIKE ALLERGENS. SANGER 22:31:22, 22:32:45 MELISSA HURTADO: “WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE LIFE HEALTHIER FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS HERE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY. MY HOPE FOR ASTHMA IS TO ONE DAY COMPLETLY ELIMINATE IT.” EYTAN: OTERO BELIEVES THIS INVESTMENT IS A POSITIVE FOR KERN. OTERO: “IT WOULD PREVENT SOMEBODY HAVING TO LIVE LIKE ME. AND IT WILL SAVE THEIR LIVES. IF YOU CAN BREATHE, YOU CAN LIVE, SO BREATHING IS VERY IMPORTANT.” THE $15 MILLION ARE APPRORIATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHCARE SERVICES. D-H-C-S WILL THEN DETERMINE WHICH LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS COMMUNITY- BASED ORGANIZATIONS WILL RECEIVE THE MONEY. EYTAN WALLACE, 17 NEWS. AMBER PARKING IS TOUGH FOR CAL


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