In a recent Twitter poll we carried out Canada came out as the most sought after location for medics to move to. The country’s beautiful scenery, high standard of healthcare and relaxed, friendly population combine to make it ideal for many Western trained medics looking at taking their skills overseas.
If you are thinking of moving to the country, or if you are simply interested in the latest global healthcare news, here’s a quick roundup of some of the stories in Canada that you may have missed last month.
Mumps Makes a Return
Teenagers and young adults throughout Canada have been reminded to make sure that they stay up to date with their vaccinations, after 19 cases of Mumps Were reported already this year. A dramatic rise on the 5 to 23 cases which have been reported annually over the last decade in the country.
The viral infection, which is vaccinated by the MMR or MMRV vaccines, is spread through human saliva, and those suffering from it often don’t discover any symptoms for between 14 and 25 days. This stage is known as the incubation period and, according to research, most commonly lasts for 17 days after the condition is first contracted.
After this a range of symptoms similar to glandular fever start to develop, these can range from a high temperature, to a headache, nausea and severe vomiting. Swelling of the glands will also become obvious, especially in young children where the face will notably puff out.
The reasons for the concerning reappearance of the condition appear to be related to the fact that a second vaccine wasn’t provided to patients until 1994. Leaving a gap that fits in well with the 18-35 age bracket of those who have recently contracted the condition.
Whilst the growth in the number of people suffering from Mumps is concerning, it should act as a timely reminder for those in the country to make sure they are fully up to date with their vaccines.
Mental Health First Aid
Bridges Health in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is becoming the first company in Winnipeg to offer mental health first aid training.
Recent figures have shown that around 1 in every 3 people in Canada will suffer from a mental health condition at some point in their life, and so a drive, introduced in 2010 by the Canadian Government, is underway to make sure that a high percentage of the population feel prepared to react to a mental health emergency.
Mental Health First Aid is a technique that was first developed in Australia in 2001. It focuses on using a five point action plan to respond to a mental health emergency, just as someone would administer first aid in a physical scenario.
The response plan has been named ALGEE, and focuses on stabilising the patient before they have access to expert psychiatric help.
ALGEE stands for:
Approach, assess and assist with any crisis
Give support and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage other methods of support
Hopes are high that making people feel more comfortable talking about mental health will be the key to removing the stigma which can still exist. Many people feel awkward when asking for, or even considering offering, support, and techniques to ‘normalise’ mental health care are likely to be crucial in helping those suffering from the condition receive the support they need.
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