As shared in November, mumps cases have been circulating in the Halifax area. The case total to date is 20 and Dr. Trevor Arnason, Medical Officer of Health for Halifax area, says it’s a good reminder for people to make sure they’re immunized.
Hospitals across the province are currently experiencing increased visits to emergency departments and demand for hospitalizations. There are a number of factors contributing to this, including influenza-like illness and injuries due to slips and falls. As a result there may be increased waits in emergency departments and temporary beds may be used to accommodate demand.
Visits are being restricted to the Maternal Child units at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital because of an increase in cases of general respiratory illnesses among patients admitted to the hospital’s pediatric unit including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Nova Scotia’s Community Wellness Fund applications are in and the numbers are amazing! A big thank you to the 37 community health boards and all of the applicants. We’re excited to see all the project applications aimed at helping to build a healthier Nova Scotia. Stay tuned for the Community Wellness funding announcements in 2018.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) has approved the establishment of a new palliative care inpatient unit at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish. Tate Construction has been awarded the contract. Renovations to create the new unit will begin in January, 2018.
Crystal John has been making small changes to meet her personal health goals. She’s also been learning how her heritage and culture as an African Nova Scotian affect her health. She’s been doing this with the support of A Matter of Black Health.