Hempstead, NY – August 25, 2016 – Today, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) received 200 Zika virus prevention kits from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) under an initiative designed to protect pregnant patients from exposure to the Zika virus on Long Island and across the State.
“Planned Parenthood of Nassau County is committed to providing quality healthcare and part of this commitment is ensuring that our patients have the tools necessary to prevent the transmission of Zika. We want to do everything possible to ensure the best possible health outcomes for our moms-to-be and their babies,” said Nancy O’Keefe, Senior VP of Health Services.
The prevention kits include EPA-insect repellant, condoms, Mosquito Dunks© (larvicide) and educational materials explaining the risk of travel, ways to avoid mosquito bites, and information on how larvicide can be used to decrease mosquito populations around the home. Dr. Debra Blog, Director of the NYSDOH Division of Epidemiology, explained that the kits are “intended to serve as an educational tool that may be used to educate [patients] and their partners regarding potential exposure to Zika virus and the potential risk of infection for [their] unborn baby.”
PPNC’s Prenatal Coordinator, Dorina McEnroe, reiterated the important role the kits will play in keeping our prenatal patients safe and healthy. “We will make certain that every prenatal patient receives one, and is given specific information about prevention, testing and treatment, as well as travel warnings.”