Public Health spends holiday moving to new offices

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Public Health staff worked through the holiday to relocate to other offices after the Guam Fire Department declared the main office in Mangilao a fire hazard and ordered it shut down.
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Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey and her staff worked through the holiday to relocate her staff and their division after the Guam Fire Department declared the main office in Mangilao a fire hazard and ordered it shut down.

Some public health services are limited and it will take the public some time to get used to all the new locations.

The lights were out inside the old public health main office building in Mangilao today. All power to the building was shut off Wednesday after the Guam Fire Department declared the facility unsafe for occupancy after the discovery of numerous electrical hazards.

Still some people hadn’t yet heard.

Catalina Quichocho, a resident of Mangilao, said: “I came here today to check for my health certificate. I needed to renew it for my work. I was shocked when I found out it was closed. I’ll just go to the Dededo office.”

It was moving day for the DPHSS staff and all their equipment and records. A number of offices moved nearby, like one to the Castle Mall on University Drive.

Terisita Gumataotao, the health care financing administrator, said: “We’re trying to get as much of the system up. At the same time, we’re trying to get our documentation and everything that’s needed to run an efficient operation. That’s what they’re trying to move. We’re trying to figure out how to move it over here and at the same time get it up and running so we can provide the services.”

She added that the services include Medicare and MIP.

“Eligibility might be here at BMS. And then vital statistics at Division of Senior Citizens. And then our Medicaid office … That’s all I know right now,” Gumataotao said.

She added: “Please be patient with us. And if you have information the press release does stipulate the numbers to call for the services if needed. Just bear with us until we get everything all situated.”

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