COVID-19

Province drops AstraZeneca vaccine eligibility to 40

A couple of weeks after opening eligibility of the AstraZeneca vaccine to those 55 and older, the province is now opening AstraZeneca vaccine to Albertans 40 and over. The move is estimated to open vaccinations for another 574,425 Albertans. […]

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NDP call out UCP on women’s health

The NDP says Premier Jason Kenney and the UCP are attacking women’s health care with plans to eliminate tubal ligation, breast reduction and carpal tunnel surgery. These are among the surgical procedures the NDP says the UCP deem to be of limited clinical value. The NDP charge that the proposed changes disproportionately apply to women and gender-diverse people.
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Local News

Province expands naloxone program

Alberta’s firefighters now have greater access to lifesaving naloxone kits now that all first responders can administer naloxone by injection.

The province said Tuesday fentanyl and other opioids continue to take a deadly toll in Alberta communities. There were 343 deaths in 2016 due to apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, a 33 per cent increase from the 257 deaths listed in 2015. […]

Local News

Bike rodeo pedals into summer on the right path

A Bike Rodeo will take place at the Ray McDonald Sports Center parking lot May 12 at 6 p.m. The free event will run 90 minutes and offer children aged 6 to 12 an opportunity to get their spring and summer riding off on the right pedal. […]

Local News

Pharmacies now providing free take-home naloxone kits

Almost 300 pharmacies have signed on to provide take-home naloxone kits and train people to use them safely. The government announced Wednesday approximately 1,100 of the province’s pharmacies are eligible to participate in the voluntary program.
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Albertans to have increased access to eye healthcare

by Morinville News Staff

Edmonton – Optometrists will see the scope of their work expand following a Ministry of Health announcement made Apr. 29. The government says changes will benefit Alberta’s healthcare system by alleviating the strain on hospital emergency rooms, family physicians, ophthalmologists, Primary Care Networks and Family Care Clinics. […]