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Friday, 03 June 2011 08:41

Two physicians will be practising medicine in Leader June 8

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The Cypress Health Region is excited to announce that the Leader Primary Health Care Clinic has two permanent full time licensed physicians working within its walls.

Dr. Monga-N’Dimo Palangi has completed his remediation process as required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and has received his provisional license. This achievement will allow Dr. Palangi to provide patient care independently of a mentoring physician, and he is currently seeing patients at the clinic on a full time basis.

“We are happy for Dr. Palangi and his successful completion of the remediation requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons,” mentioned Dr. Ivo Radevski, senior medical officer for the health region. “He has worked extremely hard over the past number of months to obtain his provisional license with the College, and the result is his ability to dedicate his medical skills to the residents of Leader and surrounding areas.”

The health region and community are also pleased to welcome Dr. Kofi Amu-Darko who has arrived in the community from his previous medical position in the Maritimes. He has received his College licensure and is currently beginning his orientation to the provincial and regional medical environment, and will begin seeing patients at the medical clinic on June 8.

Grant Browne, Cypress Health’s medical affairs co-ordinator, is glad to see Dr. Amu-Darko’s arrival in the community after some delays in finalizing Immigration Canada’s requirements for him and his wife to relocate to Leader.

“We would like to acknowledge the tremendous amount of assistance that we received from our federal and provincial political representatives in advocating for the quick processing of the immigration requirements for this family,” stated Browne. "The efforts of MP David Anderson and his assistant Anita Irwin were very key in expediting matters with Immigration Canada, and MLA Wayne Elhard provided valuable assistance in our conversations with the Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program.”

With the presence of two full-time licensed physicians in the community, Cypress Health is continuing to focus its attention to the re-opening of the Leader Hospital’s emergency outpatient services and inpatient admissions, and returning to a 24-hour per day acute facility. Discussions have been occurring with the physicians, hospital staff and others regarding the steps that must be taken before re-opening the facility.

Although a date for the re-establishment of acute services has not yet been confirmed, the health region is emphasizing an effective date as soon as possible. A confirmed date will be established in the upcoming days and the public will be advised.

The community’s third physician, Dr. Hoque, is continuing to progress through his remediation requirements from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He will continue to work in medical clinic settings under the supervision of a mentoring physician. The health region is anxiously awaiting the conclusion of the process and the anticipated positive results from the College, which would allow Dr. Hoque to return to the Leader clinic.

Nurse practitioners Mikki Millar and Shannon Chernoff continue to provide their expertise to clients at the Leader Medical Clinic.

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