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ISLAND WIDE - Island Health’s Board of Directors will hold its next open board meeting in Victoria.

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NANAIMO, BC, January 15, 2018 – Island Health announced today the launch of the latest Huggies® No Baby Unhugged® program at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). The volunteer baby hugging program aims to help ensure all babies, especially those in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), receive much-needed physical human interaction should circumstances prevent a parent from being at their side.

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NANAIMO — If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, Dr. Derek Poteryko can help.

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ISLAND WIDE – As we welcome 2018, confirmed outbreaks of Influenza A are appearing in long-term care facilities in the Nanaimo-Parksville area. Also, there are sporadic laboratory reports of people in communities throughout Vancouver Island with confirmed cases of the flu.

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VANCOUVER ISLAND – Fentanyl test strips are now available at Island Health’s supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites, allowing people to test drugs before they are consumed. Sites in Victoria, the city with the third-highest number of overdose deaths in B.C. this year, are the first locations on Vancouver Island to receive the strips.

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People on Vancouver Island will benefit from up to $800,000 in community wellness grants that are being provided by Island Health to improve the health and well-being of Island residents.

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DUNCAN, BC - Island Health issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proponents to develop a schematic design for a proposed hospice that would provide care and support to people nearing the end of their lives in the Cowichan region.

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Victoria – Island Health and PHS Community Services Society (PHS) have been given approval by Health Canada to open a supervised consumption service (SCS) on Johnson Street in Victoria.

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VICTORIA – Island Health has issued two separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) inviting community service providers to submit proposals to provide Harm Reduction Workers and Persons With Lived Experience (PWLEs) for the Island’s first Supervised Consumption Service (SCS). The service is expected to open late spring 2018.

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Vancouver Island – It’s not too late to prevent the flu! Island Health is encouraging people to get their flu shot and follow preventive steps to protect themselves and their loved ones this flu season.

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