An innovative global health program is headed to Hazelton and other Northern BC communities.
BC Emergency Health Services is bringing the Community Paramedicine Program to the province, a program that allows paramedics to perform more daily health care.
Chief Operating Officers Jodi Jensen says this program has been very successful in provinces, and especially benefits the elderly.
“By identifying and removing hazards, ensuring their medications are taken as prescribed, and taking their monthly vitals. That helps those individuals to stay at home longer and be supported in their homes while they’re on a wait list for long-term care or residential care,” she says.
The BC government and BCEHS say this will create at least 80 full-time paramedic jobs over the next four years.
The program is headed to Chetwynd, Fort St. John, and Hazelton in June.