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REPORTING · 31st July 2014
Walter McFarlane
Minister of Health, Terry Lake was in Kitimat to meet with Council and health officials at the Kitimat General Hospital on Monday, July 21st. Councillor Goffinet, Germuth, Mayor Joanne Monaghan and CAO Ron Poole attended the meeting.

“We’re here in Terrace and Kitimat to look at the health facilities first hand, to discuss the future needs. We know there is potentially going to be a lot of development going on, make sure we’re prepared for that and the Mayor and I and the Councillors want to talk about issues that they have. It’s an opportunity this time of year to get around the province and see communities first hand,” said Lake.

“We spoke about increased support services for expected industry impacts, staffing levels, ER, Trauma Care, transfer of lands to the clinic, helipad for the helijet. It was a very productive meeting,” said Monaghan.

The first topic they talked concerned seeking access to government owned land to put up a doctor’s office, pharmacy and much more.

“The Council just wanted me to be aware of that and to take up that discussion with our colleagues in Advanced Education Ministry, following up with the minister there to see that the process is coming along,” said Lake.

Another topic was work camps. The goal was have them designed so they do not put stress on the community’s health care facilities. There was agreement that the Rio Tinto Alcan Model was good because of the on-site nurses and other health professionals.

“[We talked] about the needs of the community if all of the development goes ahead and none of know how much development will occur but we do know there is a lot going on and there is a potential for a lot of development in the area and we want to make sure that health care needs are being met in terms of that development,” said Lake.

He expressed the Mayor and Council are tuned into the needs of the community. He hoped to follow up with them at the Union of BC Municipalities in September.