New doctors will be at Nov. 25 meeting

The public is invited to meet its two new doctors and to hear about efforts being made to improve health care in the local area.

Area residents eager to meet the two new doctors who are hoping to settle in Ashcroft, won’t have to wait until they’ve completed their assessment in February.

The public is invited to attend a Health Services Update on Nov. 25 at 4:30 pm in Ashcroft Community Hall. The hour-long meeting will be hosted by MLA Jackie Tegart. Doctors Debra Obu and Amgad Zake will be there, along with Berni Easson from Interior Health.

Dr. Nancy Humber, head of the Practice Ready Assessment program in Lillooet will talk briefly about the program and about the new Project Manager of Rural Health.

The Wellness Heath Action Coalition (WHAC) will provide information on their rold and details about the bus that takes people to see the new doctors in Lillooet every Thursday. WHAC member David Durksen says there will also be two exciting new announcements, although he wouldn’t say what those were.

There will be time afterwards for questions and from the public, and also time to personally meet the new doctors.

“We’re hoping to see the seniors at this meeting because access to health is very important to them,” said Lori Pilon, assistant to MLA Tegart.

“Rural Health Services is such an important issue for community members, so I am pleased to be working with WHAC and Interior Health to provide this update and opportunity for citizens of Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Clinton to meet new Doctors Obu and Zake.” Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart said. “Attracting and keeping physicians is ongoing in our communities. Our goals are to continue to recruit and retain physicians, provide 24/7 emergency access and to enhance and improve all health-care services.