SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A brand new report from the California State Auditor discovered greater than 1.4 million youngsters could also be vulnerable to lead poisoning and never realize it as a result of the state’s high two well being businesses aren’t doing their jobs.
The state audit discovered Sacramento County tops the listing for probably the most youngsters with lead poisoning and most children on Medi-Cal who didn’t get their required lead testing.
Youngsters underneath six are particularly susceptible to steer poisoning, which may result in low IQ, behavioral points, listening to loss, and even demise.
In Senator Richard Pan’s district, which covers a lot of greater-Sacramento, there have been greater than 55,000 youngsters ages two and underneath who didn’t get their required lead testing.
View the variety of missed assessments and elevated lead ranges in your neighborhood right here.
The audit recognized 9 Sacramento-area census tracts, together with Arden-Arcade and Carmichael, with probably the most youngsters underneath six with lead poisoning and probably the most youngsters who had not been examined.
The audit blames two businesses: the Division of Managed Well being Care, which oversees Medi-Cal, and must be guaranteeing youngsters are getting examined, and the Division of Public Well being, which is meant to handle hazards earlier than youngsters are uncovered and determine high-risk areas. The audit discovered they haven’t.
The state auditor says each businesses agreed along with her findings however says their plans to handle the problems don’t go far sufficient.
For now, mother and father can get their youngsters examined, particularly if they’re between one and two, the required age for testing.
Moreover, remember that lead paint, contaminated soil, and mud in older buildings are the most typical sources of lead poisoning. Frequent hand washing, dusting, and retaining outside footwear out of the home, can all assist cut back publicity.