Mayor Roy Ludwig was pleased with a meeting that local municipal and health care representatives had with Health Minister Dustin Duncan.
Ludwig, who also chairs Estevan's health committee, and Councillor Greg Hoffort, who is the CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan, met with Duncan on February 5, and reiterated Estevan's desire to have a CT scan machine at St. Joseph's.
“We wanted an update on where we were at, and Minister Duncan assured us that come spring they should have all their issues taken of as far as the regions go, what the regions would need as far as a benchmark for diagnostic equipment,” said Ludwig.
Regions don't all have all the same needs or demographics, Ludwig said, and residents of some regions have to travel further to access equipment like a CT scan..
“We feel that we're a pretty good candidate with our presentation for a CT scan,” said Ludwig.
Estevan's health committee has offered to purchase the CT scan, and run it for a period of time, so there wouldn't be any immediate financial obligations for the Ministry of Health. They would eventually have to step in and operate the equipment.
Duncan didn't indicate whether the CT scan would be in the budget, but Ludwig said that Duncan did discuss the diagnostic needs facing all the other regions in the province.
Sun Country is one of only three health regions in the province that doesn't have a CT scan. They also don't have an MRI unit, but the health committee and the hospital have targeted the CT scan as their top priority.
“Hopefully this spring we can move closer in our quest to get a CT scan, with the fact that whatever parametres we have to meet, we should know by that time, so that we can meet those, and then do what we have to do to make them happen,” said Ludwig.
Sun Country Health Region CEO Marga Cugnet has told the local health committee that she believes that Estevan is the best site for a CT scan, Ludwig said, as Estevan is closer to the communities that are situated along the Manitoba border.
The health committee will find out whether the CT scan is included in this year's provincial budget when the document is handed down on March 19.