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Health SK urges immunization as more measles cases emerge

As more cases of the measles emerge in Saskatchewan, health officials are once again urging parents to make sure their children have all the vaccinations they need.

Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan votes to strike

The province's health care professionals have voted 85 per cent in favour of a strike after negotiations involving a provincial mediator failed to get them a new contract.

The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan represents 30 different groups of healthcare workers including paramedics, hospital pharmacists and occupational therapists.

President Karen Wasylenko says staffing levels are the biggest concern for her members.

"We see wait lists that are increasing, we see emergency care services that are becoming unsafe because of staffing," she said. 

Saskatoon caregiver receives North American award

A Saskatoon man who works with seniors has won a special North American award that has never been given to a Canadian.

Rick Folkerson was chosen from 65,000 employees across North America to receive the Mary Steibel Caregiver of the Year Award from Home Instead Senior Care.

"I was just overwhelmed. I never expected anything like that," he said.

Three more probable measles cases in Sask.

The Prairie North Health Region says there are 3 more probable cases of measles in northwest Saskatchewan.

Risk of exposure to the virus is at this point is confined to a number of locations in Lloydminster and St. Wahlburg between April 17 and April 23. Measles symptoms include a runny nose, coughing, and a high fever followed by a rash, often starting on the face before spreading.

Saskatchewan covering cost of new MS drug

As of Thursday, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients in Saskatchewan will have access to a new oral medication to treat relapsing-remitting MS.

“MS patients and specialists have been asking for coverage of this medication and our government is pleased to make it more accessible to those who need it,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said in a release. “This option does not require injections, and has the potential to improve the quality of life for MS patients by reducing the number of relapses they experience and slowing the progression of the disease.”

EMS staff shortage in west-central Sask.

There is worry in the Kindersley, Rosetown, Biggar and Outlook areas that an ambulance may not come as quickly as needed.

The Heartland Heath Region is struggling with a shortage of EMS staff - particularly for casual, on-call positions.

Krista Remeshylo, director of EMS with the Heartland Health Region, said those shifts are hard to fill because people only get paid if they respond to a call.

P3 confirmed for Saskatchewan Hospital

The construction of the new Saskatchewan Hospital in the Battlefords will take place under a P3 approach.

Minster responsible for SaskBuilds Don McMorris said Tuesday that going the P3 route made sense financially.

"If we were to build it traditionally we know there is about a 6.5 per cent efficiency savings if we go through P3."

McMorris said they can't put a price tag on the project quite yet.

Sask. green groups call for climate change action

A report put together by a number of concerned environmental groups is calling for big changes to fight climate change in Saskatchewan.

The document is the culmination of the Saskatchewan Citizen's Hearings on Climate Change, which happened back in November 2013.

About 200 people attended the hearings, which saw about 20 hours of testimony from 36 different witnesses ranging from scientific experts, members of the First Nations community and farmers.

Measles case in Lloydminster brings total Sask. cases to 12

Another case of measles has popped up in the Lloydminster area.

The Prairie North Health Region and the Ministry of Health say a child under five years old, who was not vaccinated, was diagnosed with the measles virus on Friday.

The Health Region says anyone who visited Boston Pizza, Mark's Work Warehouse, Mcdonald's on the south side of town, or Walmart in Lloydminster on Monday April 21 could have been exposed to the virus.

Regina's pediatric consolidation officially begins Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, there will only be one hospital providing inpatient care for children in Regina.

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