Health News Releases http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news.html Health News Releases Evidence of West Nile virus found in Saint John http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.10.1224.html The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is reminding New Brunswickers to protect themselves against mosquito bites, following the recent positive test of West Nile virus in three American crows found dead in the Saint John region. Fri, 12 October 2018 14:58:00 +0300 Province launches seasonal flu vaccination http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.10.1221.html The publicly funded seasonal flu vaccine is now available in the province. Tue, 09 October 2018 09:36:00 +0300 Sunbury and Queens counties identified as risk areas for blacklegged ticks http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.10.1211.html Sunbury and Queens counties have been identified as new risk areas for established or emerging blacklegged tick populations. Mon, 01 October 2018 09:47:00 +0300 More than $7 million invested to help address opioid abuse http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.08.1156.html The provincial and federal governments have signed a bilateral agreement worth more than $7 million under the federal government’s new Emergency Treatment Fund. Wed, 15 August 2018 09:53:00 +0300 Funding support for Moncton hospice http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.08.1148.html The provincial government is investing more than $1 million in the creation of a 10-bed residential hospice in Moncton. Tue, 14 August 2018 13:11:00 +0300 Precautionary measures taken following sewage discharge in Maine http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.08.1102.html In response to a sewage discharge in the state of Maine, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Department of Environment and Local Government are taking steps to help ensure the safety of New Brunswickers. Wed, 08 August 2018 15:38:00 +0300 Call for proposals under way for Healthy Seniors Pilot Project http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.08.1054.html The New Brunswick Aging Secretariat is accepting proposals for the first round of projects under the $75-million Healthy Seniors Pilot Project. Wed, 01 August 2018 11:25:00 +0300 Sod-turning for provincial youth treatment centre http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.1041.html Construction has begun on the new $14.4-million provincial treatment centre for youth with complex needs. A sod-turning was held today in Campbellton. Tue, 31 July 2018 11:05:00 +0300 Public advised of potential health risks of blue-green algae in recreational water http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.1032.html Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, is reminding New Brunswickers to be cautious about the potential health risks posed by some algal blooms in lakes and other bodies of water used for recreational purposes. Mon, 30 July 2018 09:43:00 +0300 Pilot program featuring rapid response paramedics to be introduced in five communities http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.1006.html The provincial government is introducing a rapid response unit pilot program to improve access to emergency medical care in rural areas. Wed, 25 July 2018 11:19:00 +0300 Government considers lawsuit related to harmful effects of opioids http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.0988.html The provincial government is exploring the possibility of launching or participating in a lawsuit related to the harmful effects of opioids and the resulting costs and impacts on New Brunswickers. Tue, 24 July 2018 09:26:00 +0300 Funding for new model of client care and construction of hospice http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.0933.html The provincial government is investing $1.2 million in a new hospice demonstration client-care model and the construction of a new six-bed hospice in Miramichi. Fri, 13 July 2018 12:34:00 +0300 Funding support for Bobby’s Hospice in Greater Saint John http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.0905.html Premier Brian Gallant has announced an increase of five per cent in yearly operational funding for Bobby’s Hospice, a residential hospice facility in Saint John. Sun, 08 July 2018 11:06:00 +0300 Enhancements to health-care services in Charlotte County http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.0904.html An additional shift has been added to the hemodialysis satellite unit at the Charlotte County Hospital and a second nurse practitioner will be added to the Charlotte County Wellness Centre in the coming weeks. Sat, 07 July 2018 15:26:00 +0300 Rabies prevention and control measures to be conducted in communities in western and southern New Brunswick http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.07.0873.html The provincial government will undertake rabies prevention and control measures this summer in Fredericton, Saint John and other communities in western and southern New Brunswick. Mon, 02 July 2018 08:33:00 +0300 Investment in a social pediatrics initiative http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0856.html The provincial government is investing $350,000 in the establishment of a social pediatrics demonstration site. Thu, 28 June 2018 14:29:00 +0300 Provincial cancer report released http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0827.html The New Brunswick Cancer Network has released its fourth cancer report, which expands on previously published information. Tue, 26 June 2018 09:34:00 +0300 York County identified as risk area for blacklegged ticks http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0825.html York County has been identified as a new risk area for established or emerging blacklegged tick populations. Mon, 25 June 2018 14:34:00 +0300 Provincewide expansion of Flexible Assertive Community Treatment teams http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0779.html The provincial government is investing $6.4 million to expand the Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams throughout New Brunswick. Tue, 19 June 2018 14:25:00 +0300 Food, environmental and portering services at hospitals will not be outsourced http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0744.html The provincial government announced today that it is terminating the process to outsource food, environmental and portering services at hospitals. Wed, 13 June 2018 15:28:00 +0300 New committee to address recommendations for addiction and mental health services in correctional institutions http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0735.html The Department of Justice and Public Safety, in consultation with the Department of Health, plans to review and improve addiction and mental health services in provincial correctional institutions following the release of a report by Auditor General Kim MacPherson. Tue, 12 June 2018 13:21:00 +0300 Launch of cannabis public awareness and education campaign http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0719.html A new public education and awareness campaign providing New Brunswickers information on the risks of using cannabis and on how to make an informed decision was launched today. Mon, 11 June 2018 10:50:00 +0300 Public advised of potential health risks of blue-green algae http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0705.html The public is advised to be aware of the potential health risks posed by some algal blooms in lakes and other bodies of water. Fri, 08 June 2018 14:42:00 +0300 Shellfish safety http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0668.html New Brunswickers are being advised to properly handle and cook shellfish to avoid food-borne illness. Fri, 01 June 2018 15:30:00 +0300 Heat alert and response system http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.06.0664.html Heat event surveillance started across the province this week. If needed, alerts will be issued through the Heat Alert and Response System to inform New Brunswickers and community response partners when a heat event is coming. Fri, 01 June 2018 12:04:00 +0300 New Brunswickers reminded of the dangers of carbon monoxide http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0648.html New Brunswickers without power due to recent flooding are reminded not to use generators indoors because it can create a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide. Wed, 30 May 2018 10:19:00 +0300 Perth-Andover hospital upgrades nearing completion http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0629.html Construction of a new essential services building is nearing completion at the Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph Hospital in Perth-Andover. The project is part of a $7.65-million investment to restore, preserve and protect critical infrastructure at the hospital. Fri, 25 May 2018 14:47:00 +0300 New autism centre to be established in Kent County http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0599.html A new community autism centre will be established in Bouctouche that will benefit residents of the Kent County area. Tue, 22 May 2018 11:15:00 +0300 New autism centre to be established in Edmundston region http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0594.html A new community autism centre will be established in Edmundston. Sat, 19 May 2018 12:57:00 +0300 Water monitoring protocol expanded to eight provincial park beaches http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0587.html A water monitoring protocol that is in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality is being expanded to eight provincial park beaches for the upcoming swimming season. Fri, 18 May 2018 12:00:00 +0300 Water quality of waterways impacted by flooding will return to normal http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0586.html The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is not recommending extra water testing or other types of assessments in response to the extensive flooding of New Brunswick’s river system. Fri, 18 May 2018 11:49:00 +0300 Wild, edible plants exposed to floodwater may be unsafe http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0556.html The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, released the following statement today to clarify health messaging related to wild, edible plants exposed to floodwater: Mon, 14 May 2018 16:25:00 +0300 Ten new family doctors coming to Fredericton over the next two years http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0530.html Ten new family doctors will work in Fredericton under the Family Medicine New Brunswick model, a program intended to provide patients with enhanced access to family doctors. Thu, 10 May 2018 13:43:00 +0300 Mental Health Week http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0519.html The provincial government and the Canadian Mental Health Association are asking New Brunswickers to Get Loud about what mental health really is, and to use the hashtag #GetLoud on social media during Mental Health Week, May 7-13. Tue, 08 May 2018 08:23:00 +0300 New specialized medical education program http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.05.0504.html A delocalized francophone residency program in psychiatry will be established through the collaboration of the provincial government, the psychiatry department of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, the Université de Sherbrooke and the New Brunswick Francophone Medical Education Program. Fri, 04 May 2018 16:33:00 +0300 Funding support to Hospice Fredericton http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0465.html The provincial government is investing in a two-year agreement with Hospice House, a residential hospice facility in Fredericton. Sun, 29 April 2018 12:51:00 +0300 Caution urged regarding drinking water and food supplies during and after floods http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0456.html Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell is reminding New Brunswickers to be cautious with their drinking water and food supplies when cleaning up during and following flooding in their homes and area. Fri, 27 April 2018 16:49:00 +0300 Release of the final report and recommendations on water quality at Parlee Beach http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0424.html The provincial government released the steering committee’s final report and recommendations on Parlee Beach water quality today. The report indicates that throughout the 2017 season, the water quality was very good 95 per cent of the time and for about 99 per cent of the 1,452 samples taken and analyzed. Fri, 20 April 2018 14:24:00 +0300 Statement on Ambulance New Brunswick http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0420.html The following statement was released today by Health Minister Benoît Bourque. Thu, 19 April 2018 14:17:00 +0300 Framework for a palliative care strategy unveiled http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0417.html The framework for a palliative care strategy in New Brunswick was unveiled today in Fredericton. Thu, 19 April 2018 10:07:00 +0300 REVISED / Twenty five new specialists to be added to health-care system to reduce wait times http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0399.html Twenty-five new specialists will be added to the provincial health-care system. Recruitment will begin immediately with a goal of filling all positions this fiscal year. Fri, 13 April 2018 10:46:00 +0300 Government invests $1 million to expand screening for colon cancers across the province http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0379.html The provincial government is investing $1 million to expand screening for colon cancer across the province. Tue, 10 April 2018 14:19:00 +0300 New chief medical officer of health http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0362.html New Brunswick’s new chief medical officer of health was announced today by Health Minister Benoît Bourque. Fri, 06 April 2018 10:40:00 +0300 Further investment in Chaleur Regional Hospital addition http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0359.html The provincial government is investing $23.1 million from the 2018-19 capital budget to continue construction of a five-storey addition at the Chaleur Regional Hospital. Thu, 05 April 2018 14:50:00 +0300 New home for midwifery clinic opens in Fredericton http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0356.html The official opening of the midwife services demonstration site in Fredericton took place today. Thu, 05 April 2018 12:02:00 +0300 Advanced care paramedic pilot program enhanced and expanded http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.04.0347.html The provincial government is transforming the advanced care paramedic pilot program by making three existing sites permanent and adding a new site. Wed, 04 April 2018 12:00:00 +0300 Insulin pump program will include young adults as of April 1 http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.03.0337.html New Brunswick’s insulin pump program is expanding April 1 to include young adults up to 25 years old. Fri, 30 March 2018 12:47:00 +0300 April is Oral Health Month http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.03.0334.html New Brunswickers are reminded during Oral Health Month that good oral health is directly linked to general overall health. Thu, 29 March 2018 13:33:00 +0300 Expansion of Healthy Smiles, Clear Vision Program begins April 1 http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.03.0329.html Free eye exams and corrective glasses for all four-year-olds who are not covered by a public or private health insurance program begins April 1. Wed, 28 March 2018 16:04:00 +0300 Response to Child Death Review Committee recommendation http://www2.gnb.ca:80/content/gnb/en/departments/health/news/news_release.2018.03.0317.html A response was issued today by Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell to the Feb. 15 recommendation from the Child Death Review Committee. The committee reviewed the unexpected death of a three-month old infant whose cause of death was likely asphyxia due to unsafe sleep situation. Tue, 27 March 2018 14:31:00 +0300 Fri, 12 October 2018 14:58:00 +0300