On Thursday, September 28, the Government of B.C. announced updated public health measures in health-care facilities to protect patients, residents in long-term care facilities, health-care workers and people during respiratory illness season.
To increase protections in health-care facilities in B.C., medical mask wearing will be required by all health-care workers, volunteers, contractors and visitors in patient care areas (including UBC faculty, staff and learners who operate in the mentioned areas) starting October 3.
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Additional Resources for South Asian Community: Mental Wellness
- Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
- DIVERSEcity: Individual and Group Counselling for South Asians
- Archway Community Services – Perinatal Support; South Asian Support Group
- Moving Forward Family Services – Free short-term and affordable long-term counselling services
- Bounce Back Program: Speak on the phone with a coach or read online multilingual health resources to manage depression, anxiety, or stress
- Psych Health and Safety Anti-Depressant Skill Workbook
Heat events, also referred to as heatwaves, encompass consecutive days of temperatures exceeding the usual range for a specific region. With the ongoing climate changes, British Columbia can anticipate an increase in the frequency, duration, and intensity of heat events.
While heat events can impact the health of individuals, extreme heat poses a significantly higher risk of severe illness, particularly for those lacking access to a cool indoor setting. As outdoor temperatures escalate each day, the heat can accumulate indoors, creating a potentially perilous situation. The longer the duration of the heat event, the greater the danger it presents.
Find out what to do before, during and after an extreme heat event.
Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide (May 2023)
More information from Province of British Columbia
The “Get to Know Monkeypox” webinar presented by Dr. Kendall Ho was held on July 25, 2022.
Delivered in Cantonese.
In this session, participants learned:
• New updates on Monkeypox
• Symptoms, high-risk groups, ways of transmission
• Misconception about Monkeypox
• Prevention methods and medical treatment
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/7GtlvMmVvuc
免費網上講座 – 齊來認識猴痘（粵語）/ Monkeypox workshop (Cantonese)
講者: 何建韜醫生 (急救科醫生和「安康」健康網絡執行董事)
Language barriers can create challenges for healthcare professionals, caregivers and patients alike, and can decrease the quality of healthcare delivery and patient safety.
Knowing the appropriate terms and translations for body parts, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments, as well as general medical language can help improve practitioner-patient encounters by ensuring clarity and effective communication.
Below are a list of resources in English and Chinese that contain common medical terms, terms for arthritis and osteoporosis, body parts, and more.
These resources can be used by clinicians when meeting with Chinese speaking patients, as well as Chinese patients and caregivers when speaking with health care providers.
Click the title of each resource to be directed to the document or website.
With today’s advancements in the medical field, humans live longer than they did 30 years ago. This is largely thanks to the scientists who have invented medications used to treat different disease states to maintain health. However, in order for these medications to show their effects, they need to be taken correctly. As consumers of these medications, we can do our part in the following ways:
- Pay attention and follow the instructions on the prescription vial or box. Some medications need to be taken regularly while some only need to be taken as needed. Therefore, it is important to follow the regimen. Do not skip doses or adjust the dose on your own without discussing with your doctor.
- Do not use expired medications. Some medications can lose their efficacy after their expiry date while some medications can turn into toxic metabolites that can harm the body.
- It is always a good idea to know the names of your medications and their indications. This can make discussion of your medications with your doctor/pharmacist way easier.
- Report any adverse drug reactions that you experience to your doctor or pharmacist immediately. The same medication can have different effects on different people.
- If your medication regimen is complicated, explore different options to make taking your medications easier. Most pharmacies offer blister pack services and help pre-packing your medications so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to take certain pills. Other options are using a pill organizer, or even using a smartphone app as a reminder.
- Book an appointment with your pharmacist to review your medications every year. Sometimes, your medication regimen needs to be reviewed according to your current health state. Pharmacists can also review your immunization history to see if you require certain vaccines (such as influenza, shingles, pneumonia) to maintain your health