A Saskatoon doctor is being remembered as a "gentle soul, a scholar and a gentleman," according to a colleague who worked with him for many years.
Dr. David Popkin passed away Tuesday at his home in Saskatoon.
Dr. Kaiser Ali first knew Popkin through his work as the dean of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine and then worked with Popkin for many years while Popkin was the executive director of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and the vice-president of care services for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
Preparations for the new Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan have uncovered structural problems with parts of the Royal University Hospital parkade.
Vice-President of finance and corporate services, Nilesh Kavia, said the Saskatoon Health Region was first alerted to potential issues with the older levels of the building back in the summer of 2013. That's when they first started getting ready to demolish parts of the parkade occupying the site where the new hospital is to be built.
As the province continues to encourage people in Saskatchewan to get their flu vaccination, only about half of health care workers are getting the shot.
"We're at about 50 per cent. That's typically what we see in any given flu season for health providers," said Health Minister Dustin Duncan.
The provincial government has confirmed the number of deaths connected to influenza in Saskatchewan has increased to a half-dozen.
An update from the health ministry Tuesday afternoon revealed that there are now six people in the province who have died after contracting the flu virus. That's an increase from the three fatal cases reported less than a week ago.
Many people are flocking to the health clinic to get immunized as it opens up again for January.
Those who didn't get the flu shot in the fall formed a long line outside the health clinic on Wascana Street in Regina as it opened again Monday evening.
"I thought it would be a good idea to come down today and get our flu shot. Apparently everybody else had the same idea," said a mother waiting in line with her children.
For those who opted not to get a flu shot earlier in the season, the threat of the H1N1 virus appears to be enough to change people's minds.
Just as numbers of the influenza and in particular the H1N1 strain climb around the country, the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region (PAPHR) is running out of the vaccine.
The Saskatoon Health Region is urging people who have not received the flu shot that it is not too late.
"All I can definitely say is that flu is here. Right now we are reassessing our numbers on a daily basis," Dr. Shovita Padhi, deputy medical health officer with the Saskatoon Health Region, said.
"As of mid last week we started seeing the upswing."
Padhi said that since November they have had around 14 hospitalizations from the flu from the Saskatoon Health Region but they also receive individuals from elsewhere in the province.
Saskatchewan could be getting a new weapon in the fight against Hepatitis C.
Sovaldi, a drug manufactured by American company Gilead, was approved for sale in Canada back in December 2013.
The new medicine replaces a previous one used as part of a cocktail of drugs used to cure the condition, which progresses slowly, but eventually leads to scarring of the liver, cancer and death.
A Saskatchewan family is hoping others will learn the importance of getting a flu shot following what could be yet another H1N1-related death in the province.
Saskatoon’s Grant Closson told News Talk Radio Friday about his 35-year-old Regina cousin who had fallen ill on Dec. 29.
“They found him to have pneumonia, common flu and confirmed H1N1 as well,” Closson said.
His cousin was admitted to the ICU ward at the Pasqua Hospital.
It seems people in Regina are still having mixed feelings on whether or not to get their flu shots after the Ministry of Health confirmed 161 cases of H1N1 in Saskatchewan on Friday.
Officials said three people who had contracted the virus had died—one middle-aged person and two children under five. It was unclear, however, whether swine flu had been the cause of death as all three had pre-existing conditions.