Nov. 20, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New legislation to strengthen the role of health officials to prevent and respond to potential public health risks is coming into force in New Brunswick.
Effective today, the Public Health Act and accompanying regulations will come into force. The legislation, amended in 2007, will strengthen the role of Public Health officials to respond to new and emerging public health risks and modernize regulatory approaches.
Among the highlights of the legislation:
Dr. Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, said the legislation will assist provincial and regional Public Health officials carry out their responsibilities.
"The modernized regulations will assist Public Health officials in responding to emerging situations and will take into consideration emerging technologies and research," she said. "The H1N1 flu pandemic is a prime example of the importance of having a strong, modern public health system."
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.