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Health Minister updates BC's readiness for Ebola

Health Minister updates BC's readiness for Ebola

Health Minister Terry Lake has issued the following update on the health-care system's preparation for the low likelihood of a case of Ebola in B.C.:

"Our Ebola Preparedness task force has been meeting regularly, and has been reviewing B.C.'s protocols to respond to the unlikely occurrence of a case of Ebola arriving in the province. 

"The task force, in consultation with the health authorities, have designated the following sites as regional centres to assess those under investigation for Ebola and to treat confirmed Ebola cases:

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

The new KB Searchlight website  for the Kootenay Boundary (KB) region is the first local web resource to link all child and youth mental health care services in one place. Opening with a welcoming illustrated map of the region, site visitors can click to find the most appropriate local services,
resources and apps for a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harming, substance use and more.

IH says there's an outbreak of whooping cough in Nelson area

IH says there's an outbreak of whooping cough in Nelson area

Interior Health is reporting that there's an outbreak of whooping cough in Nelson, with approximately 40 people diagnosed in the past four months.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a bacterial lung infection that poses a serious risk to babies. 

Adults can show much milder symptoms, which can help the spread.

Nature in Flux: Biodiversity and Invasive Species-Juried Art Exhibition

Nature in Flux: Biodiversity and Invasive Species-Juried Art Exhibition

The Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee is hosting a Juried Art exhibition, with the theme of invasive species and biodiversity. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 10th to November 8th 2014 at the Kootenay Gallery of Art, in Castlegar. This exhibition is intended to raise the profile and public discussion around invasive species and biodiversity within the Central Kootenay region.

This exhibition is intended to: 

Malzer named as new board chair for Interior Health

Erwin Malzer . . . selected as the next head of the IH board

Erwin Malzer of West Kelowna has been named to head the board of Interior Health Authority as current Chairperson Norman Embree tenures his resignation at the end of this year.

Slocan Valley resident lays private charges over jet fuel spill

The sign at Shoreacres beach during the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek in July of 2013 says it all as beaches up and down the Slocan River sat vacant during the cleanup. — The Nelson Daily file photo

A Slocan Valley woman has laid private information against Executive Flight Centre and the provincial government over the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek in July of 2013.

Longtime environmental activist Marilyn Burgoon says if the provincial government won’t prosecute the Alberta transportation company for dumping 33,000 gallons of jet fuel into Lemon Creek, she will.

Employing a little used legal avenue, Burgoon filed a three count  private information at the Nelson provincial court registry.

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

The following is a press release issued by the B.C. government:

Mayors from throughout B.C. discussed the future of rural health care yesterday in discussions with Health Minister Terry Lake and health authority representatives at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Whistler.

"We know there are challenges that need to be addressed in rural communities and part of our current strategic direction makes it very clear that we need a broad strategy for rural care that meets the needs of all British Columbians," said Lake. "By consulting with mayors and health professionals, First Nations and other stakeholders, we will be able to develop a strategy that meets the long-term future needs of those outside of urban centres."

43 injured in Coquihalla accident

43 injured in Coquihalla accident

Interior Health BC initiated a “Code Orange” response to a touring bus accident on the Coquihalla Highway, Thursday afternoon. The code is reserved for disasters or incidents with mass casualties.

The touring bus flipped on the highway about 30 km south of Merritt after hitting a median. Forty-three people were sent to the hospital. According to an Interior Health press release, five are in critical condition, ten are in serious condition and 28 have non-life threatening injuries.

New board director for Interior Health

Pat Dooley . . . appointment to IH board

Interior Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia (Pat) Dooley to its Board of Directors effective Aug. 31, 2014.

“We are very fortunate to be joined by a Director with the heart, drive and focus of Pat Dooley,” said Board Chair Norman Embree.  “She is incredibly dedicated to her community and passionate about health care.”

Latest Mount Polley water-quality results

The tailings pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Water samples taken from Quesnel Lake on Aug. 13 by Ministry of Environment staff have been tested and continue to meet provincial and federal drinking water guidelines at shallower depths where drinking water is typically sourced from.

The latest samples were taken at the following locations and depths:

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