New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced in his weekly radio address the launch of a new World Trade Center health Web site, the creation of which was a key recommendation of the Mayor's Addressing the Health Impacts of 9/11 report. The comprehensive Web site offers one-stop shopping for 9/11 health-related issues. It consolidates the latest information about scientific research and services, including where those affected can go for free treatment and medicine. The Web site also includes easily accessible research findings and treatment options for the different groups of affected people: rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and others.
The new site provides, for the first time, a single source for information about the health effects of 9/11. In February, the Mayor adopted all of the 15 recommendations in Addressing the Health Impacts of 9/11. The report's authors represented all of the city agencies dealing with the health impacts of the attacks on the World Trade Center. They were charged with identifying the steps needed to serve those with 9/11-related conditions.
"On Tuesday, New Yorkers, and all Americans, will mark the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks," said Bloomberg. "It will be a solemn occasion for remembrance and renewal, a day for us to reflect on those we lost and to recommit ourselves -- as a city and as a nation -- to all those whose health has been affected by 9/11. Today, I'm pleased to announce that we're completing another key initiative of my 9/11 health panel with the launch of a new Web site that consolidates the latest information about 9/11-related health issues -- including where to go for free treatment and medication. We want people to know more about the potential health effects of 9/11 so that they can reach out for assessment and services."
"There is much we still don't know about World Trade Center health effects," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health Commissioner. "But we do know that some rescue and recovery workers, city employees, and residents have experienced health problems ... The new Web site is a great way for people to get timely, reliable information about health effects and learn where they can get help."
The site's key features include:
The largest and most comprehensive tracking effort -- the World Trade Center Health Registry -- continues to monitor the long-term health of people who were exposed to the World Trade Center disaster. They now reside in all 50 states. Two weeks ago, the Registry released critical findings about rescue and recovery workers. The Health Department is now re-surveying all 71,000 registrants to learn more about their current health status. So far, nearly 60 percent of registrants have responded. This survey will help answer critical questions about the health consequences of 9/11. The latest information from the Registry will be made available on the new Web site.