Immunisation centres safe to attend

Council’s immunisation team has taken extra precautions and implemented procedures to control risks of and exposure to transmission of COVID-19 during immunisation sessions.

These measures include:

  • advising parents to stay at home if either they or their child is feeling sick
  • only one parent attending with their child
  • immunisation staff wearing required personal protective equipment
  • maintaining two metre social distancing
  • a brief screening questionnaire and temperature check.

Director Planning and Environment Angela Hughes said receiving scheduled vaccinations for children remains essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our immunisation team has incorporated extra precautions to minimise transmission risk while vaccinating your child,” Ms Hughes said. “Vaccination is not only safe for them, it makes it safer for everyone’s children and the rest of the community. It’s important to maintain high immunisation rates during the pandemic.”

The immunisation session times are:

First Thursday of the month:

  • Gisborne: 9am to 10.30am
  • Kyneton: noon to
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COVID-19 and kids’ health: Your questions answered

a group of people standing around a bus: As students across Canada head back to school, here's what we know about COVID-19 and children.

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As students across Canada head back to school, here’s what we know about COVID-19 and children.

  • This information is current as of Sept. 11.

As schools re-open across the country and the coronavirus pandemic enters its seventh month in Canada, we spoke to Dr. Fatima Kakkar, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal, about the latest evidence on transmission of COVID-19 among children. 

Kakkar is the principal investigator on a study by the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program which is capturing clinical information across the country on children under 18 who were hospitalized with COVID-19. The group published preliminary results this week about the severity of COVID-19 in children in Canada. 

Have any children died of COVID-19 in Canada?

According to the Paediatric Surveillance Program, there are no children under the age of 18 that have died from COVID-19 in Canada.

Have any children been

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New Guidelines Issued on Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain patients can be treated with medical cannabis following one of three protocols based on patient characteristics, according to an international task force at the virtual PAINWeek meeting.

Citing limited clinician knowledge about medical cannabis treatment and the opioid crisis, one task force member said the recommendations are timely.

“We as a task force believe it’s extremely important to bring [medical cannabis] to patients,” Alan Bell, MD, of the University of Toronto, told MedPage Today. “Our main focus was to provide directions to clinicians.”

Medical cannabis has been suggested to treat chronic pain, the task force noted, but too many providers still do not utilize it because there has not been accepted guidelines about dosing and administration. Others prescribe medical cannabis without knowing how patients can properly dose.

“There’s a huge knowledge gap and no way clinicians can fall back on a specified dosing regimen,” Bell said.


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Banner Health is easing visitor restrictions in most in-patient areas in AZ hospitals | Coronavirus in Arizona

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Banner Health is now allowing one visitor per patient per day in most in-patient areas of Arizona hospitals for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  

According to a press release from Banner, the changes were made on September 10 in hospitals in the metropolitan Phoenix, Tucson and Casa Grande areas.

Visits will be between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and visitors can only stay for a maximum of three hours per day. 

Important tips to maximize your visit:

  • Bring a freshly laundered or disposable mask with you. You will be required to wear it throughout the duration of your visit, including while you are in the patient’s room. Banner will not provide masks for visitors.
  • The cafeteria and other congregation areas are closed. You will need to go straight to/from the patient’s room.
  • Due to COVID-19, we are conducting a health
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No ‘Business as Usual’ for Children Post-COVID-19, say Laureates & Leaders

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Children on the Frontline

A 2009 study found that almost 250,000 children worked in auto repair stores, brick klins, as domestic labourers, and as carpet weavers and sozni embroiderers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Laureates and global human rights activists have renewed their call for world leaders to double their efforts in protecting children from child labour and child trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Credit: Umer Asif/IPS

MBABANE, Sep 11 2020 (IPS) – Addressing delegates at the end of the virtual 3rd Fair Share for Children Summit, 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi told global citizens that “business as usual” in dealing with COVID-19 is not going to be tolerated.

“We’re not going to accept the miseries of child labour and trafficking to continue to

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NEET 2020 to be Conducted Today Amid Strict COVID-19 Precautions

New Delhi: Amid strict precautions in view of the COVID1-9 pandemic, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is all set to conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) – for admission to medical courses across the country on Sunday. A total of 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for the medical entrance exam, which was originally scheduled for May 3, but was pushed to July 26, and then to September 13. Also Read – SSR Case-Drug Angle: Four NCB Members And One Accused Test Positive For COVID-19

Notably, there has been a growing chorus for postponing the exams amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The matter had  also reached the Supreme Court but the top court dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the NEET, saying a ‘precious year’ of students cannot be wasted and life has to go on. Also Read – Mumbai Local Train Update News Today: Daily Suburban Services

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Local hospital system offers help

Emergency responders have always struggled to seek mental health help following a crisis on the job or in their personal lives.

an empty road with a building in the background: Kettering Health Network has launched a new program called After the Call at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center in Moraine. The program is touted as the Dayton area’s first intensive outpatient program to support the mental health and well-being of emergency personnel, including police officers, firefighters, EMS/EMT, corrections officers and health care workers. PROVIDED

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Kettering Health Network has launched a new program called After the Call at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center in Moraine. The program is touted as the Dayton area’s first intensive outpatient program to support the mental health and well-being of emergency personnel, including police officers, firefighters, EMS/EMT, corrections officers and health care workers. PROVIDED

The coronavirus pandemic has amplified that struggle, a local health expert said.

“There’s a lot of folks, whether that be first responders or the community at-large, that experiences a traumatic incident and doesn’t really know how to deal with some of the things that they seen or that they heard or that they witnessed,” Julie Manuel, a Kettering Health clinical program manager, said.

The “turning point” for the Dayton

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School board, mayor and parents fight location of addiction support centre on Vancouver Island

Drug use supplies are shown at the current overdose prevention site in Duncan, B.C.

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Drug use supplies are shown at the current overdose prevention site in Duncan, B.C.

The site of a planned centre to support substance users in Duncan, B.C., no longer appears to be up for debate. 

But the local school board, municipal council and a group of concerned parents are still pushing back against the location, minutes from nearby schools.

Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School Board, supports the development of more support services for people who use drugs in the area and says she has actively advocated for it. 


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However, she doesn’t think the centre should be built so close to where kids walk to school, noting several students have already reported seeing open-air drug use in the area.

“This is representative of social ills that we don’t feel is appropriate for young people,” Spilsbury told CBC News. 

The new Wellness and Recovery

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Don’t restrict supply of medical oxygen: Centre to states as daily Covid cases surge : The Tribune India

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 11

As COVID-19 in the country cases reached 45,62,414 on Friday with a record 96,551 cases in a day, the Centre asked the states not to restrict the movement of medical oxygen needed to save critical patients.

“It has come to the knowledge of the Health Ministry that some states are trying to curb the free inter-state movement of oxygen supplies by exercising provisions under various Acts and also mandating the manufacturers and suppliers located in the state to restrict their oxygen supplies to only the hospitals of the state. In a letter written to the states and Union Territories, the Union Health Secretary has emphasised that the availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is an important pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19,” Centre said as recoveries touched 35,42,663 with 70,880 new recoveries in the past

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