Liberal house leader Laurie Blakeman has slammed the
prevailing strategy to combat sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis in
the Canadian province of Alberta.
Alberta has the highest rate of syphilis in the country,
with some five babies dying from the disease, while nine others contracted the
"How could we, in the third millennium, be dealing
with the levels of syphilis that are out there in this province with this
amount of money?" Blakeman asked. "This province doesn't know what to
do with health so they keep shifting everything around hoping it will all work
and this time out, I think they've impaired the ability of the public-health
section to do their job."
She alleged that the
government has been inactive in releasing what exactly its STD strategy is.