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Chong Announces Federal Diabetes Funding for Groves Hospital

November 3, 2011

Federal government invests in local hospital as part of $6 million national health strategy

OTTAWA – Wellington-Halton Hills M.P. Michael Chong announced that the federal government will provide funding for Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.  This federal initiative will help fund screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease and stroke.

The $193,800 in funding announced for Groves Memorial Community Hospital is part of the federal government’s $6 million initiative to prevent and treat diabetes.

“Groves Memorial Community Hospital is an important part of our community, and I am pleased that both our hospital and community will benefit from this federal investment,” said Chong.  “This funding will improve the lives of those with diabetes in our region, and it is just one example of our government’s commitment to Canada’s public healthcare system.”

“Diabetes is increasing in Canada and around the world,” added Chong.  “Our government is partnering with key organization to help prevent type 2 diabetes, so that we can improve the lives of those in Wellington County who have or who may develop diabetes.”

Diabetes affects approximately two million Canadians and it is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada.  It can often be prevented or delayed with regular physical activity, healthy eating and by maintaining a healthy weight.  If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to serious complications like heart disease and stroke, blindness, chronic kidney disease, nervous system damage, and amputation.

The Government of Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the health of Canada.  For more information on diabetes and healthy living, please visit www.publichealth.gc.ca/

 

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