Even though favorable reports are coming from the three Ebola affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with Liberia having no confirmed case for the past 26 or more days, President Barack Obama has stressed that the United States cannot be complacent as this deadly disease is “unpredictable.”President Obama made the assertion in the cabinet room at the White House in Washington, D.C. while meeting with the three West African leaders, Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Alpha Conde, and Ernest Bai Koroma of the Ebola affected countries.Against this backdrop, Obama said the international community needs to remain fully engaged in partnership with the three countries, expressing the need for rebuilding of their health systemas to meet daily needs.“We have to be vigilant, and the international community has to remain fully engaged in a partnership with these three countries until there are no cases of Ebola in these countries. Health systems also have to be rebuilt to meet daily needs — vaccines for measles, delivering babies safely, treating HIV/AIDS and malaria. And with our Global Health Security Agenda, we intend to do more to prevent future epidemics,” the President stressed.The economic breakdown caused by the Ebola crisis in the three countries also matters to President Obama as the international community helps to eradicate the disease.In this vein, President Obama said, “So the Ebola epidemic has been also an economic crisis. That’s part of the reason why these three presidents are here. “They’re going to be meeting with a number of the multilateral institutions — the IMF and World Bank here in Washington. Theirs is the challenge of restoring markets and agricultural growth, promoting investment and development.” He assured the three West African leaders that as they meet with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to strategize in bringing economic recovery to their respective countries, he was also looking forward to hearing from them on how the United States can assist in the recovery process.“So I’m going to be looking forward to hearing from them on how the United States can stand shoulder to shoulder with them to work hard to take this crisis and turn it into an opportunity to rebuild even stronger than before: To strengthen administrative systems, public health systems, to continue the work that they’ve done in rooting out corruption, reinforcing democratic institutions — all of which will be the foundation stones for long-term progress and prosperity.” He, however, expressed that with just 40 cases now in both Guinea and Sierra Leone with Liberia having zero case, it is a great progress in fighting the disease and he commended the leaders for their efforts.He also acknowledged the US role in leading the global fight against the disease and extended condolences on behalf of the people of the United States and in his own name.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Premier Christy Clark and Ministry of Health announced today a new four-year strategy for magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to help health authorities increase patient access to MRI scans.“We recognize that access to MRIs has been a challenge and this strategy will make sure we better meet the health care needs of British Columbians now and into the future,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “By improving how we manage MRI diagnostics, we can provide families with peace of mind that comes with faster diagnosis and treatment.”Budget allocations for MRIs will increase correspondingly, providing up to an additional $20 million in annual funding for these services by the fourth year.- Advertisement -As for here in Northern BC, there is no confirmation of action just yet, but Northern Health is working with the ministry to see what they can do for communities that do not have MRI services.“Northern Health is currently in the request for information stage, looking at how we can support northeast and northwest BC with MRI services,” said Jonathon Dyck of Northern Health, adding that the demand for more MRI services has been increasing ‘dramatically’ across BC.Right now, the only MRI clinic in this region is in Dawson Creek. Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Grande Prairie also offers MRIs.Advertisement This MRI strategy takes a two-pronged approach; the first priority is to increase the number of scans — resulting in up to 65,000 annually by the time the strategy has run it’s course.Health authorities have also committed to increase the number of MRI exams performed annually by 45 per cent.Over the past decade, BC has acquired 16 new MRI scanners for hospitals, for a total of 25 – a 178% increase; the number of MRIs performed went from 67,030 (2004-05) to over 143,000 (2014-15) .