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Recognition for Public Health Inspectors

The president of the local branch of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors announces Environmental Public Health Week from Jan. 15-21 in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).

Ken Cross, public health inspector in SCHR, says the specially designated week is a method of recognizing the important work done by Public Health Inspectors to protect the health of the public when it comes to food, housing, air and water quality, tobacco reduction, sewage disposal and land use management as well as infection control and other issues.

"Public Health Inspectors in Sun Country Health Region, and throughout Saskatchewan, play an invaluable role in the protection of the health of the public and our communities" says Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region.

Ken says the special week is the only event all year that officially recognizes Public Health Inspectors who are committed to promoting and protecting public health.

Ken says some Public Health Inspectors are trained and qualified specifically for public health.

"The profession was not borrowed or loaned from another field but created for the demand," he says.

"Our history shows this is an old profession, outdating many of the others as history records inspections of food, housing and unsanitary conditions long before the formal development of the other medical sciences."

Public Health Inspectors in Sun Country Regional Health Authority are Ken Cross, Derrick Mooney, Paula Sampson, and Tom Shaw. The new Regional Director of Public Health is Grant Paulson.

Media: For more information, please call Ken Cross, at 842-8625.

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