OTTAWA, May 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health,along with the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Gregory Taylor, kicked off a conference in the nation's capital to inform the development of a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease.
Discussions will focus on the three key themes of the Federal Framework, as outlined in An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease:
The conference was organized jointly by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease. As part of the proceedings, a Public Forum was held on May 15, 2016 to allow individuals to share their experiences with Lyme disease.
The input received at the Public Forum, as well as the online consultation held in June 2015, and the conference will help shape the Federal Framework.
The Government of Canada is committed to working with provincial health authorities and stakeholders to develop the Federal Framework to help mitigate the health risks posed to Canadians by Lyme disease.
"This conference provides an opportunity to build on our best practices and discuss how we can better work together to address the challenges of emerging infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease, to protect the health and safety of Canadians."Dr. Jane Philpott Minister of Health
"Today marks an important step to working more collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders to improve our existing efforts to mitigate the health risks to Canadians posed by Lyme disease." Dr. Gregory Taylor Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Conference to develop a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease
Lyme disease – Canada.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada Action Plan on Lyme Disease
An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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