Health

Water Quality Advisory for City of Nelson rescinded

Nelson residents can go back to drinking city water after the advisory was rescinded. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The City of Nelson, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority, has rescinded the Water Quality Advisory issued to residents Friday (April 22), effective immediately.

In a media release Wednesday afternoon, City of Nelson Public Works staff said recent testing shows that current water qualities are good.

"We thank residents for their cooperation and patience throughout the Water Quality Advisory," the release said.

New Therapy Centre Opens in Trail

Hippotherapy utilizes horseback riding to reach therapeutic goals

Movin’ Mountains Therapy Centre is up and running on Laburnum Drive in Trail,  with a focus on innovative, therapeutic programming for children and youth of all abilities.  Born from a recognition that families in the Kootenays require more Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  services, Movin’ Mountains is set on the premise that children are not just small adults.  Children and youth require a unique approach that is fun and motivating while allowing them to develop their skills and reach their goals.  

Government takes next step in commitment to protect cats and dogs

B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has the toughest provincial penalties in Canada.

The B.C. government has followed through on its commitment to enhance the protection of cats and dogs in British Columbia by passing an Order-in-Council (OIC), Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick announced Sunday at the BC SPCA Victoria Community Animal Centre.

The regulation announced today is the latest action in government’s commitment to improve the quality of care, management and the humane treatment of cats and dogs in commercial breeding establishments.

Whooping Cough Still a Threat: IHA says 'Don't Wait -- Vaccinate'

Whooping Cough Still a Threat:  IHA says 'Don't Wait -- Vaccinate'

Interior Health is reminding parents and caregivers to make sure their children’s immunizations are up to date. This timely reminder comes as pertussis cases continue to occur in several Interior Health communities.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a serious infection of the lungs and throat. Pertussis can affect individuals of any age; however, its effects are most severe among infants who are too young to be fully immunized.

Water Quality Advisory, effective immediately, for City of Nelson

Interior Health recommends that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection, drink boiled water, or a safe alternative.

Water users in the City of Nelson are now under Water Quality Advisory, effective immediately, said the Public Works Department in a media release Friday (April 22).

The Water Quality Advisory was arrived following consultation with the Interior Health Authority.

"Recent testing shows that current water qualities in the Nelson water supply are "fair" due to recent spring run-off events, which have resulted in increased turbidity or cloudiness," the media release said.

B.C. gives $5 million to expand efforts to curb hepatitis C infection

B.C. gives $5 million to expand efforts to curb hepatitis C infection

The Province has provided $5 million to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation for a research study on how to reduce new infections of hepatitis C in the province, announced Health Minister Terry Lake today, along with BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE) director Dr. Julio Montaner.

Kootenay Lake Hospital chimes celebrate new life

The new Birth Chimes at Kootenay Lake Hospital rang twice April 14 for the Plautz  Family as big sister Lumay Plautz holds her new twin brothers, Cyrus and Zack. — Submitted photo

The next time you hear gentle wind chimes ringing through the halls of Kootenay Lake Hospital, it means a new life has entered the community.

Electronic Birth Chimes have been installed in labour and delivery at KLH.

This allows parents of newborns to announce their new arrival over the hospital paging system. The purpose of the chime is to celebrate the common experience of birth throughout the hospital and will be a contrast to the other messaging heard every day over our intercom, such as urgent or emergency calls.

First detection of deadly bat disease on West Coast concerns BC

The Kootenay Community Bat Project wants people to report of dead bats, bats flying during the day and information on bat roost sites. — Photo courtesy of little brown bat by Marvin Moriarty, US Fish & Wildlife Service

A report confirmed last month by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that White-Nose Syndrome had been detected on a dead bat near Seattle is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia said Juliet Craig, Coordinator of the Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) and BC Community Bat Program.

“We knew this deadly fungus that kills bats was moving westward across North America but we thought we had many years to prepare," Craig said.

BATS: ESSENTIAL BUT MISUNDERSTOOD -- AND NOW IN TROUBLE

 A Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome -- a fungal disease

Bats!  Such harmless and essential creatures -- yet, even now, still so often feared and  misunderstood.  If you see a bat flying around at dusk in the Kootenays, be aware that the little creature is eating insects at a great rate.  Insect-eating bats are of vital importance to farmers around the world for controlling insect pests; they save farmers billions of dollars a year by feasting on bugs that would otherwise feast on crops.  They also make life so much more bearable for humans and other creatures that other insects like to bite. 

Local man speaks out about Parkinson's Disease and upcoming fundraiser

Todd Wallace and his mom walking to raise funds and awareness for PD.

April is Parkinson's Awareness month. I would like share my story with you to hopefully help bring a better understanding of what it is like to have Parkinson's Disease.

In April or May of 2013, I noticed a couple of things with my left hand/arm which didn't seem normal. I noticed my left arm didn't swing normal when I walked. Also I found it took me a long time to get stuff ( ball markers for golf) out of my left pocket (slower than normal). I decided to go to my family doctor (June ) in Salmo, my doctor suspected I may have Parkinson's disease.

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