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STAFFING NEEDED FOR MEDICAL INSTITUTION
We are an expanding Medical Centre in the north-western part of the country and in keeping with our
existing services and the establishment of new ones, we are looking for highly motivated individuals who
understand the current practice of Medicine and who are interested in being part of a team which leaves
no stone unturned in providing excellent service in the area of patient care. All of the positions listed are
Full-time, unless otherwise stated.
The candidate should possess certification in the relevant field and work experience in a medical environment would be an asset.
Successful candidates will be required to work in various areas of services, including Medical and Lifestyle Assessment,
Specialist Outpatient Services, Imaging, Operative interventions, Dialysis, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Engineering and
Maintenance. Business Management and Specialist Nursing post-graduate degrees would be considered suitable qualifi-
cations for this position. Preference will be given to candidates with more than 3 years experience in a similar field.
The incumbent would be required to provide on-site and on-call imaging service for X-ray, mammogram, fluoroscopy,
ultrasound, CT and MRI services. Applicants should possess the necessary qualifications in Radiography with at least 3
years experience in the appropriate subspecialty.
Our physiotherapists must possess at least a BSc or equivalent/related degree in Physiotherapy. Three or more years sub-
specialty training in the areas of stroke/brain-injured/cardiac rehabilitation is preferred. Our department provides care
on weekdays, evenings and weekends as needed.
Applicants must possess an MLT or equivalent degree, be at least 3 years post certification and have experience in a full
range of investigations (Haematology, Biochemistry and Immunology) in order to function in this busy department.
Participation in an on-call roster is a requirement.
Qualified RNs and ENAs are required to fill positions in the following areas: Medical/Surgical, Dialysis, ICU, Emergency
Room, Operating Theatre and Outpatient Services.
Applicants should possess a degree/certificate in Biomedical Engineering or Electronics notwithstanding consideration
would be given to interest persons with other engineering degrees. Preference will be given to candidates with 3 or more
years experience in a similar position. Please note that this position includes on-call sessions. Full-time TECHNICIANS
are also needed in this department with maintenance experience and certification where applicable.
Vacancies are available in Internal Medicine, Emergency Room/Family Practice and Critical Care/Anaesthesia. Sessions
are also available in Emergency Room/Family Practice.
Doctors are also invited to apply for courtesy privileges in Operating Theatre, Outpatient and Emergency Department.
All appropriately qualified specialists will be considered.
Applications are also available for PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIANS and DENTISTS on a part-time or
All applicants are also required to submit
a copy of the application to:
Young children who drank non-dairy replacement
milks instead of cow s milk were more likely to
have low levels of vitamin D in their blood, a new
Parents often choose non-dairy beverages, such
as almond, soy, or rice milk, for children who have
milk allergies or lactose intolerance. Some parents
believe these beverages have health benefits even for
children who can drink regular milk.
"Parents ask their child s doctor quite frequently
whether alternate milk is good for their children," Dr
Jonathon Maguire told Reuters Health in a phone call.
"And we as doctors have trouble answering that
question---it depends on a lot of factors, and one of
the things it depends on is whether they can maintain
children s vitamin D stores as well as cow s milk,"
said Maguire, a paediatrician at St Michaels Hospital
in Toronto, Ontario, who led the study.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so it s
essential for strong bones and teeth. It s normally
produced by the body after the skin is exposed to
sunlight. Manufacturers also add it to certain foods,
such as milk and dairy products.
In the US and Canada, cow s milk must be fortified
with vitamin D, but there is no such requirement for
non-dairy alternatives, Maguire said.
"Our findings suggest that children are about half
as likely to maintain adequate vitamin D levels when
drinking non-cow s milk and it behooves us as parents
to be aware that both in Canada and United States,
non-cow s milk is not legislated to contain vitamin
D," Maguire said.
For a study reported in the Canadian Medical Asso-
ciation Journal, Maguire and colleagues collected
information on amounts and types of milk consumed
by 2,831 Toronto preschoolers who also had tests for
vitamin D levels.
Eighty-seven per cent of the children drank pre-
dominantly cow s milk, and 13 per cent drank non-
cow s milk.
The researchers found low vitamin D levels in five
per cent of children who drank only cow s milk, com-
pared to 11 per cent of children who drank only the
"I think on our end as physicians, children who
can t drink cow s milk or parents who choose non-
cow s milk for their children need to be reminded
that their vitamin D levels are probably lower than
other children," Maguire said.
Maguire also said that parents who buy non-cow s
milk need to check the labels on the backs of the
products to see if they contain vitamin D.
"I think there is an assumption that if something
is called milk or looks like milk, it has the same
nutritional properties as cow s milk," Dr Corinne
Keet told Reuters Health in an e-mail.
Keet is with the Division of Paediatric Allergy and
Immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine in Baltimore. She wasn t involved with the
"Clearly, this is not the case, and the various non-
cow s milk milks have very different nutritional
properties, with widely varying levels of protein, fat,
calories, calcium and vitamin D," Keet said.
Keet wasn t involved in Toronto study, but she
was involved in a recent study to see whether growth
patterns and dietary intake of calcium, vitamin D
and other nutrients were different in children with
Keet s study was published in The Journal of Allergy
and Clinical Immunology.
She had her colleagues had information from the
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
on 6,000 children. About six per cent had food aller-
gies, with milk being the most common trigger.
The children with cow s milk allergy were more
likely to be lower weight, have lower height and a
lower body mass index (a ratio of weight to height)
than those without milk allergy, Keet said.
Keet said parents and doctors of children with
Milk substitutes might not
give kids enough vitamin D
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vitamin D in
cow s milk allergy should be attentive to the children s
nutritional status, and make particular care to ensure
adequate calcium and vitamin D intake.
Keet said that milk substitutes can vary widely in
terms of protein, from rice milk and almond milks,
which typically have very little protein, to things like
soy milk, which has nearly as much protein as cow s
milk. (Reuters Health)
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