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Dispatching solution expected in coming months after meeting between mayors, Ambulance NB, Department of Health

It’s been eight months since Ambulance NB stopped dispatching emergency medical calls to the Memramcook and Dorchester fire departments, as well as another ten departments across the province. Last week, officials from the New Brunswick Department of Health and Ambulance New Brunswick met with local mayors and representatives from the province’s municipal associations to discuss the issue, and the delay in solving it.

“The folks on the call were fairly optimistic that they were going to find a solution,” says Bourgeois, and one that could be in place by October, and apply across the province. “They want all the fire departments to have that opportunity to be able to be called and dispatched,” says Bourgeois.

“In our communities, as you know, if something does happen, it can take up to 45 minutes before a paramedic arrives on the scene,” says Bourgeois. Local fire departments, on the other hand, are typically under 10 minutes away. “So it’s the fire department calls that can definitely make the difference between life and death in certain situations,” says Bourgeois.

The decision to end medical first responder dispatching appears to be a resource issue. In March, Ambulance NB spokesperson Christianna Williston told CHMA that the “improvised solution” by which a dozen departments received calls was determined to be “no longer sustainable.” Williston pointed out that different departments had different capabilities for calls, and also that it is still ANB policy to call on fire departments in a small number of cases, such as when there is a delayed response expected, when there is a high acuity or ECHO level call, and when ANB staff will need help with lift assists.

Bourgeois says he doesn’t quite understand why the current practice would take less dispatcher time than the previous scenario. “If you have somebody that does

Pincher Creek ER closures discussed in AHS meeting

Officials with Alberta Health Services faced some tough questions from Pincher Creek residents on Tuesday evening while attending a public engagement session.

The hour-long meeting at the Pincher Creek Community Hall was held to address periodic closures of the town’s emergency department and AHS’ ongoing recruitment efforts.

About 100 people gathered at the community centre for the meeting.

Connie Simmons, who has lived in the town for 12 years, says the temporary closures of the emergency department are only part of the overall issue.

“One of the more major concerns I still have is are we resourcing and supporting, from a provincial level, our local hospitals, our EMS, our lab technicians and all the people that work in health care?” said Simmons said following the engagement session.

Pincher Creek has about 3,500 residents and used to have 11 physicians, but now only has four.

AHS says it has one international medical graduate hoping to start in the coming months, along with two offers for family doctors and a physician assistant who has recently been hired and is anticipated to start in September.

“We’re constantly recruiting these international medical graduates,” said Dr. Sandra Stover, associate zone medical director – rural west – with AHS.

“Currently, Dr. Burton has interviewed two and was quite happy with them, so hopefully they’ll keep going with the process, agree to come to Pincher Creek and in nine to 10 months, I know it’s a long wait, but in nine to 10 months we’ll have a couple more.”

But, Stover says recruiting doctors is only half the battle.

“We can always recruit a physician, we just can’t get them to stay and that’s what people in the community want,” Stover said. “They want a longitudinal

Commonwealth Advisory Committee convenes its first in-person meeting since 2019 ahead of Health Ministers Meeting

After several years of online meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last week, members of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Health (CACH) met in person for the first time since 2019 to discuss and advance key areas of health priorities ahead of the 35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) next month.

CACH is a select committee made up of senior officials, regional bodies, and civil society representatives from across the Commonwealth. CACH provides advice and guidance to Commonwealth Health Ministers and the Commonwealth Secretariat on matters of public health concern including emerging trends and threats to the Commonwealth, as well as guiding on the strategic direction of the Commonwealth Health Programme. Currently, the countries represented on the CACH are Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Dominica, Malawi, Mauritius, Samoa, and Solomon Islands. The Governments of Jamaica and Kenya also sit on the CACH as outgoing and incoming CHMM Chairs.

Chaired by the Government of Canada, the 17 representatives progressed efforts to strengthen the governance of CACH and its support to Commonwealth countries, as well as deliberated on the theme, key agenda items and ministerial statement of the upcoming 35th CHMM, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 May, under the theme: “Getting Universal Health Coverage in the Commonwealth on track for 2030”. This included guidance on the role of primary health care, digital health, mental health and pandemic preparedness in achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Representing the Commonwealth Secretariat at the meeting was Joshua Setipa, Senior Director, Strategy, Portfolio, Partnerships and Digital (SPPD) Directorate. He said:

“Our Secretary-General often says that the Commonwealth is a ‘petri dish’, that offers opportunities for innovations in policies, new mechanisms, and methods for strengthening health systems. Whilst every country has its own priorities, its own challenges, and its own processes, our Commonwealth platform provides an

Statement on the fourteenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

The WHO Director-General has the pleasure of transmitting the Report of the fourteenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic, held on Friday 27 January 2023, from 14:00 to 17:00 CET.

The WHO Director-General concurs with the advice offered by the Committee regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and determines that the event continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). The Director-General acknowledges the Committee’s views that the COVID-19 pandemic is probably at a transition point and appreciates the advice of the Committee to navigate this transition carefully and mitigate the potential negative consequences.

The WHO Director-General considered the advice provided by the Committee regarding the proposed Temporary Recommendations. The set of Temporary Recommendations issued by the WHO Director-General is presented at the end of this statement.

The WHO Director-General expresses his sincere gratitude to the Chair and Members of the Committee, as well as to the Committee’s Advisors.


Proceedings of the meeting

The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, welcomed Members and Advisors of the Emergency Committee, who were convened by videoconference. He noted that this week marks the three-year anniversary of the determination of the COVID-19 PHEIC in January 2020. While the world is in a better position than it was during the peak of the Omicron transmission one year ago, more than 170 000 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported globally within the last eight weeks. In addition, surveillance and genetic sequencing have declined globally, making it more difficult to track known variants and detect new ones. Health systems are currently struggling with COVID-19 and caring for patients with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), health workforce shortages, and fatigued health workers. Vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics have been and remain critical in preventing severe

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