Residents of Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) have high immunization rates for measles, according to information supplied at the May 28 meeting of the regional health authority (RHA).
More than 85 per cent of children have had two doses of measles vaccine by their second birthday. That’s higher than the 75.3 per cent average for Saskatchewan.
Nearly 97 per cent of children have had two doses of measles vaccine by their seventh birthday, which is higher than the 91.3 per cent average for Saskatchewan; and 98.9 per cent of children have had two doses of vaccine by their 17th birthday, compared to 96.4 per cent for Saskatchewan.
Other highlights of the meeting were:
*Nurse call systems for the Bengough Health Centre and the Wawota Health Centre have been installed and are operational. New Hope Pioneer Lodge in Stoughton will be completed next.
*Twelve people are currently enrolled in the region’s new lymphedema program, with six people on the wait list. A second pump has been installed for the residents of Estevan and area.
*LiveWell workshops have been held in Weyburn, Lampman and Kipling. These workshops are designed to help individuals living with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, depression or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or who have survived a stroke. They help people manage their illness and improve their quality of life.
*Sun Country hired seven registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses, one speech language pathologist, one social worker, one dental health educator, one lab/x-ray specialist, eight cooks or assistant cooks, and one out of scope staff employee from April 16 to May 16. At the same time, three registered nurses, one licensed practical nurse, one social worker, one medical lab technologist, one cook, one lab/x-ray specialist and three out of scope staff resigned.
*Cugnet and the new vice-president of medical, Dr. Dimitri Louvish, have most communities in the region to meet with doctors. Doctors were pleased to meet Dr. Louvish and discuss issues and new ideas for the health region.
*As of March 31, nobody on SCHR’s wait list had waited more than three months for an appointment with a surgeon.
*Medical students will work with doctors in Redvers, Arcola, Carlyle, Estevan; Radville and Weyburn this spring and summer as part of their medical training.
*A drug class for high school students in Weyburn and Estevan was recently provided by SCHR Addictions staff. School staff said it is positive for students to openly discuss issues surrounding drug abuse, and a drug class is one more way schools and the community can support students. Addictions staff said some students attended to gain knowledge about substance abuse or out of concern for a friend’s substance abuse.