The CDC officials underlined that although the rates of smoking have declined over the past six years, there is still a high prevalence of childhood obesity and other public health threats.
Although the public health agency tried to address those issues, the situation got worse in some areas. Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, explains that the results are disappointing, especially related to childhood obesity.
Frieden says that the statistics can’t lie as they revealed the harsh truth about the current situation of the public health system in the United States. When Frieden was named the director of the agency in 2009, he made a list of “winnable battles.”
Unfortunately, he only managed to win just some of those battles. The CDC aimed to tackle health care infections, auto injuries, obesity, AIDS, smoking, and food poisoning. Based on the latest report, the campaign failed to meet its own requirements.
Frieden will be replaced next month because Trump administration will name other administrators on every federal agency. According to the statistics, the goals that have been met include adult smoking with a decline of over 17 percent, youth smoking by 12 percent, and vehicle crash deaths by 31 percent.
Some experts believe that these goals were quite easy, especially because smoking rates and car crash deaths were already dropping when Frieden was named the head of the CDC. Also, the CDC report revealed disappointing results regarding the infection rates of E. coli.
Although the number of infections was reduced, the officials were not able to meet the 29 percent target. Worse, the number of salmonella infections increased. In recent years, the rates of some infections declined in medical clinics and hospitals.
However, the prevalence of urinary tract infections (UTI) remained consistent. In addition to this, the CDC specialists managed to reduce the number of HIV cases by just 18 percent compared to the 25 percent goal.
Regarding obesity among toddlers and children, the project failed to reduce the rates. Worse, they increased by over 17 percent.
Despite the fact that the statistics seem to be disappointing, some public health specialists applaud the CDC officials for their efforts to provide a healthier environment for Americans. They added that the public health agency had limited resources to address those issues.
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