Health minister blamed for flu death rate

Alberta’s Liberal Opposition is blaming the Tory government for the relatively high number of deaths and hospital admissions related to swine flu.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Liberal Opposition is blaming the Tory government for the relatively high number of deaths and hospital admissions related to swine flu.

As of last week, Alberta had recorded 42 H1N1-related deaths, far more than Manitoba and Saskatchewan with eight deaths each.

The Liberals also point out that nearly 900 Albertans have been hospitalized, compared to just 36 people in Saskatchewan and 250 in Manitoba.

Liberal Leader David Swann says the province mishandled swine flu vaccinations by not focusing on high-risk Albertans when the shots were first offered.

Swann blames Health Minister Ron Liepert for Alberta having nearly twice the H1N1 death rate compared to the rest of the country.

Liepert told reporters that in hindsight he would do some things differently.

But the minister later told the legislature that the province has “reacted appropriately” to the swine flu pandemic.

Just Posted

Hospitalizations jump in Red Deer due to opioid poisonings

Small city hospitals impacted more by opioid crisis

Central Alberta councils learn more about Bighorn Country proposal

A collection of central Alberta politicians are learning more about the province’s… Continue reading

High-speed chase led to fatal collision, jury hears

A Delburne man accused of manslaughter caused a fatal rollover collision during… Continue reading

‘Part of the solution:’ Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

EDMONTON — Alberta is looking for someone to build a new oil… Continue reading

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns: experts

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old… Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Adriana Leon up for top CONCACAF awards

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Jonathan Osorio are up for CONCACAF male… Continue reading

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

TORONTO — Canada Soccer has named striker Jordyn Huitema and defender Derek… Continue reading

Review: Too much Spider-Man? Not in the Spider-Verse

You might be forgiven for feeling superhero overload this holiday season. Had… Continue reading

‘Modern Family’s’ Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland says she had a… Continue reading

Orlando SC acquires Canadian Tesho Akindele in trade with FC Dallas for cash

ORLANDO, Fla. — Canadian forward Tesho Akindele was traded to Orlando City… Continue reading

Koskinen notches third shutout, McDavid gets winner as Oilers blank Flames 1-0

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers appear to have shored up their defence… Continue reading

Most Read