New top doctor in Yukon to help with pandemic and overdoses, health minister says

Yukon has appointed a new top doctor to lead the territory through its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and response to the overdose crisis.

Health Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee has announced Dr. Sudit Ranade will be the chief medical officer of health starting July 4.

Ranade is currently the medical health officer for the county of Lambton in Ontario.

McPhee says in a statement that Ranade has a wide range of public health experience and that will help address health challenges in the territory, including the pandemic and the substance use emergency.

Ranade says in the statement that he’s looking forward to working with Yukon health teams, First Nations and community health leaders to build a strong public health system in the territory.

Yukon’s former medical officer, Dr. Brendan Hanley, made a successful run in the last federal election and is now the Liberal member of Parliament for Yukon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 15, 2022.

 

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