State health officer urges change in focus as pandemic wanes

North Dakota’s Department of Health and Human Services says state residents should consider a “back to the basics” health focus as the COVID-19 threat wanes.

The pandemic national emergency and the public health emergency recently ended, and the World Health Organization says COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency.

State Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi said it’s a good time to focus on things such as early intervention and preventative health screenings, as well as programs and services that are available to support health and well-being.

“During the pandemic, many of us were deferring a lot of the medical need and preventative care,” he said. “So now it is time to go back and seek annual checkups with providers; preventative health screenings, whether it’s immunization, whether it is mammograms or other health screenings, are all really important in detection of these diseases or ailments, at fairly early stages, as

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