July 13, 2015
Prairie North Health Region is pleased to introduce and welcome Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu as the new Medical Health Officer (MHO) for the Region.
Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu
Dr. Nsungu has served 12 years as an MHO in Saskatchewan, most recently with Sunrise Health Region in Yorkton and from April 2003 to April 2010 for northern Saskatchewan with the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA). Before moving to Canada, Dr. Nsungu worked for 15 years as a general practitioner and public health practitioner in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia.
Dr. Nsungu brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Saskatchewan health system to his public health position with Prairie North, said Vikki Smart, PNHR Vice President of Primary Health Services.
He has a keen understanding of the province and its people, and of the public health issues, concerns, challenges and opportunities we face, added Smart.
Dr. Nsungu is delighted to join Prairie North's Public Health team and looks forward to developing strong working relationships with health professionals throughout the Region.
I want to contribute toward making the residents and communities in Prairie North as healthy as possible, Dr. Nsungu stated. He identified chronic disease, incidence of tuberculosis, and HIV rates as specific areas in which continued work is necessary to reduce the prevalence of factors that contribute to these illnesses.
In public health, results don't always come immediately, Dr. Nsungu explained. It may be many years before the results of strategies and initiatives will be seen. Continuing to expand immunization coverage rates in Prairie North and the province is another priority to improve the overall health of our communities, he stated.
Among MHO responsibilities are coordinating public health activities in the Region, promoting effective preventive health policies, enforcing public health regulations, and providing leadership in disease prevention and control. Dr. Nsungu started in his new position with Prairie North on June 29. His office is located in North Battleford.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer
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