CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Director Doctor Rahul Gupta said Friday the agency is fully cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation into the Putnam County Health Department.
Gupta declined to say much about the investigation but did confirm the review is taking place in a period of time before his department took over day-to-day operations of the Putnam department July 1.
“We’re complying with all investigations that are going on in relation to the matter,” Gupta said. “It’s our policy not to further comment on any of the legal matters as well as investigations that are active into such matters.”
The Putnam County Health Department asked Kanawha-Charleston to help it earlier this year after it fell into financial trouble. Gupta told a legislative interim committee earlier this week the relationship is working.
“We are talking about an increase in services by several hundred percent while decreasing their budget by 41 percent,” Gupta said.