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Measles continues to spread in Regina, southern Sask.

As the number of confirmed measles cases in Saskatchewan continues to grow the helath ministry is warning more people in Regina they could be at risk.

On Thursday the province revealed that more people now have confirmed cases of the highly-infectious virus.

"There's a total of four for the Regina-Qu'Appelle Health Region and five in total for the province," explained Dr. Maurice Hennink, the deputy medical health officer for the Regina-Qu'Appelle Health Region.

Urban Health Regions won't meet elective surgery goals

The Regina-Qu'Appelle Health Region will reach its first surgical wait list goal but it will happen a year later than first hoped.

New figures released Thursday show the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is only finishing 67 per cent of elective surgeries within the government-imposed three-month target. It fares slightly better when the window is expanded to six months, with 80 per cent being completed in that time.

Saskatoon Health Region committed to balanced budget

The Saskatoon Health Region has worked to stay close to a balanced budget despite challenges in capacity and staff turnover.

At the time of December results the health region sat at a $300,000 deficit.

"(It is) less than half of one per cent of our expenditures and about 2.7 hours of care," explained Nilesh Kavia, Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Services with the health region. 

Smoking ban opponent changes his mind a decade later

Nearly a decade after Saskatchewan made the move to ban smoking in restaurants and bars some owners who opposed the move initially have changed their thinking.

The change began 10 years ago when a teacher in Moose Jaw and her students started a grassroots movement to change the laws. That city was the first in the province to do so, and about 10 months later all of Saskatchewan followed suit, making it illegal to smoke in public buildings everywhere.

Moose Jaw teacher still proud of students' anti-smoking petition

A health teacher in Moose Jaw is proud of her past students’ impact on today's smoking laws in Saskatchewan.

It has been 10 years since Lucy Dalgarno and her grade 7/8 class started a grassroots movement to ban smoking in public places.

Vaccine restrictions lifted as Saskatoon gets large FluMist shipment

The Saskatoon Health Region is making the flu vaccine available to everyone following a shipment of 15,000 FluMist doses from the Ministry of Health.

A series of mass immunization clinics are planned for the following days:

- Friday, January 24: Humboldt District Health Complex, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday, January 25: Prairieland Park Hall A, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 28, Cosmo Civic Centre (3130 Laurier Drive,) 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, January 31, Watrous Civic Centre, 9:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Cancer Society renewing call for flavoured tobacco ban

The return of National Non-Smoking Week is bringing back calls for the province to take further steps to keep tobacco out of the hands of Saskatchewan's youth.

A new study conducted by the Canadian Cancer Society shows 81 per cent of people in the province support laws that would ban fruit- and candy-flavoured tobacco. That includes 63 per cent of smokers as well. The Society argues those products are meant explicitly to appeal to young people, which is problematic considering Saskatchewan already has had the highest rate of teen smoking in Canada for 10 years.

Yellow Fever vaccine shortage affecting Saskatoon travellers

Many people in Saskatchewan have been consumed with the recent influenza vaccine shortage, but there's another type of vaccine shortage affecting international travellers in Saskatoon.
There's been a temporary production delay in the Yellow Fever vaccine since December, causing a shortage across North America. In order to conserve the vaccine, only people going to countries with a high-risk of the mosquito-carrying disease are guaranteed to receive the shot.

More Sask people now eligible for flu vaccine

Saskatchewan has received 107,000 doses of the FluMist vaccine, opening up access to flu immunization for all age groups in the province.

The FluMist will be available starting on Wednesday. The spray was received from Kentucky and has already been divided between Saskatchewan's regional health authorities to be distributed.

Nearly 500 kids tied to Social Services ministry dead over 20 years

While in some sort of contact with the Ministry of Social Services 484 children have died in the past 20 years and Saskatchewan's Children's Advocate believes that's proof more improvments need to be made.

The numbers from the ministry include a wide variety of interactions, including children that are placed with a foster family, receiving some level of services, or simply being monitored.

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