Oklahomans are expressing their outrage over the oil spill that has engulfed the state’s coast, and are calling for the state to clean up the mess before it causes another disaster.
More than a million people are on the wait list for health care services at the state Health Department, and more than 50,000 people are waiting to be treated for the effects of the spill.
But as of Tuesday morning, the number of people waiting for care at the department has jumped to almost 70,000.
The number of those who have been diagnosed with cancer has jumped from 7,000 to about 13,000, according to a news release from the Oklahoma Health Department.
The number of confirmed cases has more than doubled.
The state is still dealing with the aftermath of the oil disaster.
The Oklahoman reports that the state is struggling to find the money to pay for the treatment of the hundreds of people who are being treated in the emergency room at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center.
The state says the cost of treating the people who have died is about $3 million.
The hospital has said the cost could rise because it will need to pay bills for the cleanup of the damage.