City Says County is Providing 'Erroneous' Information
Oct 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM CST
Oct 22, 2013
In a chart presented at commissioner’s court, county residents were informed of some services that they can still get through the City of Laredo Health Department. But City Manager Carlos Villarreal said the chart is completely inaccurate. "They've been trying to indicate to the public that the city will do this, will do that, but its wishful thinking because obviously they haven't talked to the city." In fact, according to the letter written to Judge Valdez, Carlos Villarreal said in spite of the county's wrong statements in public, they will not be providing services like immunizations, maternity care and dental services. "I have no idea why they think. If they think that way they are mistaken and we will not provide those services period." The only services that will now be provided are HIV/AIDS services, the WIC program, and hospital care preparedness. Preventative services, like immunizations, will only be provided to UISD school students of Webb County because of an inter-local agreement. Webb County Judge Danny Valdez said the county would meet with the state to sort out the confusion. "Instead of going back and fourth, I communicated with the state agency and invited Dr. Ryan Smith, he is the regional director or region eleven, to come down and clarify some concerns that were mentioned." Judge Valdez said the county will invite city officials to attend the meeting. That meeting will be held next Tuesday inside the commissioner’s court and will start at 1:30 p.m.