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U.S. Surgeon General visits Flint, discusses possible medical impacts

SurgeonGeneral.gov

U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy appeared in Flint on Monday to discuss the impact of the city’s ongoing water crisis.

Murthy met with roughly 150 local doctors, social workers, students and more in downtown Flint on Monday, and is planning to speak with residents today, according to the Detroit Free Press' Robert Allen.

In his speech, Murthy encouraged health, religious, and community leaders to actively educate their residents: 

"I understand that after everything that Flint residents have been through, that they would have some trust issues when it comes to the water and to the information that they're getting. That's why it's so important in this community that trusted voices speak out, and help people get the information they need."

Murthy stated that most Flint children exposed to lead should be OK, but help is needed with education and nutrition, according to the Freep's story. He advised "vitamin C, iron and calcium" to help lessen the impacts of the possible lead poisoning. 

For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water. A lack of corrosion control in the water caused lead to leach from old plumbing throughout the city.