HealthManagement And Policy
Somespecies of fish such as shellfish and molluscs have been proposed notto be eaten. This decision affects the economic status of fishermenwho mainly depend on fishing on the these fish for their livelihoods.In addition, avoidance of beaches leads to economic stress on thepeople who derive their benefits directly from the windfalls oftourism. This will lead to loss of revenue from tourism activitiesaround the beach. Also, the hotels and restaurants will not bespared. The employees working in such facilities may become redundantand laid off.
Thedepartment issued an advise that the fish be disposed of based on thesolid waste practices. The fish has to be disposed since it presentsnuisance and produce an unpleasant smell. This decision may also leadto asthmatic conditions in human health. Another alternative proposedis the application of the clay on the rivers carrying variousnutrients into rivers, bays and marine environments. This clayassists to eliminate red tide by binding with the toxin. However,this method is very expensive, leading to more losses than thebenefits.
Thepublic health practitioners should monitor the situations and be onhigh alert everytime. This will prevent much losses. The press isusually used whenever an environmental problem arises. But sometimesthey misinform the public about the red tide even if there is nooccurrence. There are some facts which need to be made confidentialwhenever the red tide occurs. Disaster management is still wanting inthe health management leadership.
Closure of the beaches
Whenthe beach is closed, the spread of the infectious red tide will beminimized. This is because no one will come into contact with fishkills or water tampered with the fish kills. However, this may reducethe economic status of employees and restaurants around, but it ismore important to safeguard the health of the public.
The press should not be involved
Uponcoming up with health decisions, the press should not be involved,since they misinform the public. When the problem has been containedthrough various solutions, the press can thus be called upon.
Banning fish products
Thebanning of fishing will lead to lower spread of the disease(Chaudhry, 1994). Despite the fact that, this ban will lead tounemployment to the affected, it also causes hunger to those who usefish as a main source of fish.
Thepublic health education campaign can be done to reach wider membersof the society
Also,the alerts on the Red Tide spread and infection can be educatedthrough publishing articles on The PensacolaNews Journal. Thesearticles can be printed and distributed in large numbers. Lastly,local radio and televisions (WCOAand WEAR) cancreate awareness through the creation of educational programmes. Themedia of awareness creation should consider the people travelling andshould not cause panic to the public.
Theaffected stakeholders are the local residents, hotels and restaurantsand employees. Escambia was home to 301,613 residents. More thanhalf of the residents were employed full-time within the county. 50%working population in Pensacola was employed in either a serviceindustry or retail trade. There were 558 restaurants in the area,with seating capacity for 47 709.There were thirteen hotels with atotal of 1,304 rooms and sixty-six motels with 4,899 rooms. All thesebusinesses and their employees could suffer huge economicconsequences if the beaches had to be closed. The affected personsshall not receive any benefit but a lot of harm.
Themisinformation of the public on the trend of the red tide should bediscouraged as depicted by the press leading to massive deaths
Commitmentto public safety has not been prioritized by the state as a result ofrecurrent red tides
Commitmentto clean environment to the public has not been prioritized. This isbecause some dead fish are found floating causing more infection.
Chaudhry,G. (1994). Biologicaldegradation and bioremediation of toxic chemicals.Portland, Ore.: Dioscorides Press.