Nova Scotians with mental health problems will have improved access to appropriate mental health services as a result of a $6.7-million construction project at the Nova Scotia Hospital. The investment will allow for the construction of four home-like in-patient care units. Each unit will house 10 bedrooms and associated living space. “The province is making good on its promise to enhance mental health services in Nova Scotia,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont, today, May 2. “This project is particularly exciting because it reflects a shift to a more flexible community-focused model of care that will help us better support patients and families who face mental health issues.” The four units will share common staff work areas, as well as an indoor greenhouse and outdoor garden. The construction will allow the relocation of 40 in-hospital beds. The project is an expansion of government’s commitment to improving access to appropriate mental health services across the province, and particularly for people in the Capital Health district. “Today’s announcement is a tremendous boost for all the work that is underway to improve how we deliver mental health services in the capital district,” said John Malcom, interim CEO for Capital Health. “The residential-style in-patient units are better for patients, staff and their families.” The project is expected to take about 18 months to complete. The cost for the construction project is being shared 75 per cent by the Department of Health and 25 per cent by the district.
“The Secretary-General wishes to reiterate his appeals to all Ivorian parties to stop mutual recriminations, to implement faithfully their commitments under the (2003) Linas-Marcoussis Agreement and to immediately resume political dialogue, with a view to ensuring the effective functioning of the Government of National Reconciliation,” he said through spokesman Fred Eckhard.Mr. Annan also urged both sides to avoid any actions that might bring on further violence and confrontations with tragic consequences for the people of Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa.All parties in the country should cooperate with the Monitoring Committee, established under the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement, and with Mr. Annan’s Special Representative, Albert Tévoédjré, so as to re-establish dialogue and resolve outstanding issues, Mr. Eckhard said.President Gbagbo’s move followed the UN Security Council’s condemnation of human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, especially those that occurred during deadly confrontations between civilians and government forces at banned opposition demonstrations in late March.