Dwayne Cameron, Prospect, Halifax Regional Municipality Bruce Cruickshank, Canning, Kings Co. Nigel Gerroir, Truro Dana Jenkins, Middle Sackville Owen Lynds, Tatamagouche, Colchester Co. John MacIsaac, Sydney Stephen McCulloch, Shubenacadie East, Hants Co. Keith Odlin, Parrsboro, Cumberland Co. Jonathan Pippy, Bridgewater Christopher Renaud, Digby Robin Roswell, Bridgewater Maxwell Taylor, Sydney Paul Carr, Springhill, Cumberland Co. Thirteen Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal for their service to Nova Scotians. The paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality emergency health care during times of need, sometimes at great personal risk. Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax today, Nov. 3. “This medal recognizes the professionalism, commitment and dedication of Nova Scotia’s outstanding paramedics,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is my honour to recognize the vital contribution of the men and women who are always there to respond in a medical crisis.” Paramedics who received the medal are: “It is an honour to be recognized for my years of service as a paramedic,” said Max Taylor, operations supervisor in Cape Breton. “Having started my career in the fire service in 1990, transitioning to paramedicine in 2000, I would like to dedicate this award to my fire chief, Robert Drake, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, who recently passed away. “Without the opportunity he provided me, my life may have taken a different turn. I have had the privilege to see the growth of emergency medical services and first response in Nova Scotia and am honoured to lead a professional team of paramedics in the North and Cape Breton regions.” The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety. Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals which are part of the Canadian honours system. Paramedics can be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk. For more information on the awards, visit www.gg.ca/esm.
Travelling on foot, horseback or motorcycle, some 40,000 vaccinators – roughly one-third of these are women – will fan out across Afghanistan’s 34 provinces over the next three days as they try to immunize every child under the age of five. The vaccinators have been trained by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which have set up the immunization scheme in conjunction with Afghan health authorities, to administer the oral vaccine and to collect data. Afghanistan remains one of just six nations in the world where polio is still classified as endemic, although the number of new cases has dropped to only three so far this year from 27 in 2000. There has not been a new case since May, the longest period in the country’s recent history. By the end of next year, through a combination of routine immunization services and special drives such as the one this week, Afghanistan hopes to have stopped all polio transmission. In a statement, UNICEF added it has worked closely with religious and community leaders across Afghanistan to ensure that families understand the importance of vaccinating against polio.