Health

Nakusp cures doctor shortage

Mayor Karen Hamling (inset) said with Nakusp being two hours from any other health facility, it is important to have a full medical staff.

The Village of Nakusp is in an enviable position for a rural BC community- it has all the doctors it needs.

The community recently attracted a fourth medical professional to work there, giving the local hospital a complete medical team.

“We have complement of four, that’s really good,” says Mayor Karen Hamling. “Instead of doing on-call in Emergency one of every two nights, it’s one of every four.”

Interior Health announces expanded primary care hours for Kaslo Victorian Health Centre

Primary care clinic at Victorian Community Health Centre will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for physician appointments on weekends.

Local physicians, Doctors of BC and Interior Health have joined together to offer an expansion of primary care for residents  at the Victorian Community Health Centre in Kaslo.

In a media release Friday, starting in September, the primary care clinic at Victorian Community Health Centre will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for physician appointments on weekends.

"This expansion to the current weekday service is possible through an agreement reached between local physicians, the Doctors of BC, and Interior Health," the media release said.

More than 12K Dorel Juvenile Canada strollers get recalled

Health Canada said Instep, Instep Safari and Schwinn Grand Safari strollers with the following model numbers are affected.

Dorel Juvenile Canada has issued a recall of more than 12,000 jogging strollers, said Health Canada.

This recall involves single and double occupant swivel wheel jogging strollers that have a quick release mechanism for removing and re-attaching the front wheel.

Health Canada said Instep, Instep Safari and Schwinn Grand Safari strollers with the following model numbers are affected.

The model number is located on the back of the stroller seat on a label.

Moose tick study suggests infestation is widespread, no health risk to humans

The study ran from Jan. 1 to April 30, 2016, and included observations of more than 500 moose.

More than 60% of moose in a provincewide study showed signs of hair loss associated with a potentially deadly tick infestation, according to a report released by provincial wildlife biologists today. 

Last year, 50% of moose observed were infested with winter ticks. The study ran from Jan. 1 to April 30, 2016, and included observations of more than 500 moose.

Trail to get new private practice/ER doc

Trail to get new private practice/ER doc

More than a year after its inception, the province’s Practice Ready Assessment BC (PRA-BC) program continues to benefit residents in Interior Health (IH) by linking rural and remote communities in need with family physicians.  Interior Health is pleased to welcome five new family physicians in August and September, one in each of the following communities: Enderby, Keremeos, Logan Lake, Nakusp, and Trail.

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

A reader recently commented privately about the recent "Rape and Consequences" article, and expressed dismay that Canada's "rape shield" legislation is not  more effective at curbing  defence attorneys' strategy of "whacking the victim" in court.  Her comment made me think:  our society's acceptance of "rape culture" is evidence of an ingrained sexism, but its origins go far beyond  sexism.

IHA joins in expanding overdose prevention program

The Take Home Naloxone program has expanded to 70 sites which includes: all Interior Health emergency departments, public health centres, mental health and substance use offices as well as several community agencies.

As part of Interior Health’s overdose emergency response, the Take Home Naloxone program has expanded to 70 sites which includes: all Interior Health emergency departments, public health centres, mental health and substance use offices as well as several community agencies.
 
“Drug-related overdoses and deaths are a huge concern,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

Food production to get a boost from regional district with Food Policy Council

The project aims to devise a local model of a food policy council that will join the agricultural industry with local government.

In order to support the growth of food production in the West Kootenay a new council has been created by the regional district.

A joint project to create a regional Food Policy Council for Central Kootenay is being undertaken by the regional district with the goal of enhancing the abundance of food production and agricultural activities in the West Kootenay.

The project aims to devise a local model of a food policy council that will join the agricultural industry with local government.

Shambhala organizers hoping to educate patrons on dangers of fentanyl as Music Festival opens

This team of volunteers at the Harm Reduction Services Tent is prepared for the onslaught of drug testing as the Shambhala Music Festival kicks off. — Submitted photo

As the Shambhala Music Festival kicks off its 18th event this week, organizations like the Aids Network Outreach & Support Society (ANKORS) are doing their best to educate attendees about the dangers of drugs like fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is often falsely sold under brand name narcotics labels like OxyContin.

'Tragically Hip' Screening - to Fund Brain Cancer Research

'Tragically Hip' Screening - to Fund Brain Cancer Research

Dear Editor,

The Canadian Cancer Society is partnering with venues across Canada to host live screenings of The Tragically Hip’s concert in Kingston, Ont., on August 20. The Royal Theatre in Trail, the Element Club Bar & Grill in Castlegar and the Civic Theatre in Nelson are among the venues broadcasting the concert to Hip fans all while raising critically needed funds for brain cancer research.

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