Hawaii scores 7 out of 10 in government readiness

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Whether it's disease, disaster or bio-terrorism, Hawaii's government is well-prepared to protect the public.

But there's still work to be done.

That's the conclusion of a new study that gives Hawaii passing scores in seven out of 10 categories including funding, communication and child-care planning.

The report says Hawaii needs to do more drills and improve its system of foodborne disease detection.

The acting health director says money is a major factor.

"Our lab is a key area. Unfortunately had a bit of a downturn. Staffing had to reduce resources. Hoping to recover from that," Department of Health acting director Keith Ridley said.

The DOH's operating budget is about $1.6 billion this year.

That's actually up four percent from last year.

But the DOH will make its case for increased funding at the upcoming legislative session.

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