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Health and Community Services - 2003
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January 6
NOTE TO EDITORS - Meeting with stakeholders of health and community services system - January 7, St. John's

January 10
Operational review of Health Labrador Corporation begins

January 14
Officials increase efforts to control rabies on Northern Peninsula

January 30
NOTE TO EDITORS - News Conference to launch provincial Cervical Screening Initiatives program

January 31
Minister launches provincial Cervical Screening Initiatives program
Fox found in Sop’s Arm tests positive for rabies


February 3
Public information sessions and rabies vaccinations planned for White Bay communities

February 5
Public information sessions and rabies vaccinations planned for White Bay communities

February 10
NOTE TO EDITORS - Media briefing on health; Health Minister available for questions

February 14
New pilot project for chiropractic patients
Province enhances Autism services

February 18
Vaccination support extends to Baie Verte Peninsula

February 26
NOTE TO EDITORS - Minister to hold news conference today, St. John's, February 26
Public consultations on Provincial Health Charter


March 3
Government steps up efforts to eradicate rabies on Northern Peninsula

March 10
First vaccine bait drops for Northern Peninsula
Minister releases Chancellor Park Evaluation Report

March 18
Public advisory on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

March 27
Update on rabies eradication program
$26 million for medical and diagnostic equipment
Government purchasing second MRI for province

Further funding for PACS
Government remains committed to capital projects
Continued commitment to personal care homes

March 28
Update on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)


April 9
Minister announces decision on Chancellor Park Pilot Project

April 10
Seventh case of rabies confirmed on Northern Peninsula

April 11
NOTE TO EDITORS - Final Newfoundland and Labrador Heart Health Program Workshop, St. John's, April 14 
Three more rabies cases on Northern Peninsula

April 15
2003 employment program for social work students announced

April 16
NOTE TO EDITORS - Ministers to comment on NLMA arbitration ruling, St. John's, April 16
Government comments on NLMA Arbitration Ruling

April 17
Sheep from Daniel’s Harbour tests positive for rabies

April 23
Officials advise no travel restrictions within Canada

April 24
Rabies case confirmed in Cormack
Second sheep test positives for rabies

April 30
NOTE TO EDITORS - Safe drinking water information display to visit selected communities


May 1
Ministerial Statement - New Adoption Act
New Adoption Act Proclaimed

May 2
Three more rabies cases confirmed on the Island

May 5
Ministerial Statement - Voisey’s Bay Nickel Company’s contribution to Labrador Health Centre
Mental Health Week

May 9
Summer Active 2003 launched

May 12
17th case of rabies confirmed on Northern Peninsula

May 13
What is the opposition’s position on health care cuts?

May 15
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to participate in news conference to launch Walk a Mile in His Shoes Campaign

May 20
Power of Life Project - New technology used in the treatment of cancer unveiled at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre

May 23
Province to participate in West Nile Virus surveillance program
NOTE TO EDITORS: Smoke-Free in 2003 Celebration, Ramea, May 26

May 26
More positive rabies cases on Northern Peninsula
St. Boniface proud to be Smoke-Free in 2003

May 29
Contract awarded for new health facility in Grand Bank


June 27
Major Health Announcements for Central Region


July 29
Minister announces additional MRI capacity
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to accept report of the Provincial Renal Advisory Committee, July 30, St. John’s

July 30
Government announces plan for provincial dialysis services


August 13
Minister clarifies offer made to private ambulance operators

August 14
Minister announces advisory committee for the Child, Youth and Family Services Act

August 22
A reminder to the travelling public - West Nile Virus

August 29
Minister warns of dangers of yo-yo ball toy


September 5
Minister to receive report
Tentative agreement reached with Newfoundland Association of Ambulance Services

September 11
Advisory to recipients of Senior Citizens’ Drug Subsidy Program

September 17
Minister announces funding for French-Language Health Network - Version française
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to speak at opening banquet of National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation, Gander, September 17

September 18
NOTE TO EDITORS: News conference, September 18, St. John’s - Subject: Changes to the provincial seniors’ drug program
Government to create new seniors’ drug program
Minister receives recommendations from Provincial Wellness Advisory Council

September 19
NOTE TO EDITORS: News conference, September 22, Burin Peninsula
- Subject: Health announcement

September 22
New CT Scanner for Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre

September 23
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to open new ambulatory care department at Carbonear General Hospital, September 23
New ambulatory care department at Carbonear General Hospital officially opened

September 24
Minister receives Primary Health Care Framework

September 26
NOTE TO EDITORS: Signing of Ambulance Service Agreements, Gander, September 26
Minister signs Ambulance Service Agreements

September 29
Minister signs Ambulance Service Agreement
Minister announces process to assess public health capacity and infection control
Remote medical equipment for southwest coast


October 10
NOTE TO EDITORS: Ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, Stephenville, October 14

October 14
New Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital opened

October 20
Provincial Cervical Screening Initiatives Program - Launch of provincial Pap Test Awareness Campaign


November 20
Ministers celebrate National Child Day

November 27
Minister announces meetings on proposed provincial mental health services strategy


December 12
Health Labrador operational review released

December 14
NOTE TO EDITORS: News conference, December 15   Subject: Misuse of OxyContin

December 15
Ministers announce task force on OxyContin

December 18
Not too late for flu shot

December 22
Reid/Power inquiry report received

December 23
Grand Bank Health Centre deferred

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