State pulls STD grant from city

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Health Department is questioning the Ohio Department of Health's decision to pull an STD grant the city has had for 40 years.

The grant has been used for treatment and education of sexually transmitted diseases, but the state believes city health officials have not been using the grant properly.

Hamilton County ranks ninth in the country for the number of syphilis cases.

Last year, Cincinnati was awarded $700,000 in grant money for STD and HIV programs but now the state says the city of Dayton will receive that grant money.

Cincinnati's health commissioner, Noble Maseru, disagrees with the state's decision and says Hamilton County public health does not have the resources, training or experience to handle all that goes with STD education and control.

Cincinnati will continue to operate its STD clinic at a price of $1.2 Million, but Maseru adds that ODH's decision to remove the STD grant will mean STD education, awareness and contact investigation activities will be handled separately, by an entity with no experience in STD treatment and control.

He also says Ohio's Department of Health had shoddy scoring of the grant application process.

But representatives with the state say the city's application was incomplete and failed to show an action plan.

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