On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Elizabeth May released the following statement in recognition of Lyme Awareness Month:
“Thanks to the tireless advocacy of researchers, Lyme-literate doctors, patients, awareness of Lyme Disease has spread in recent years. However, thousands of Canadians continue to suffer from this debilitating disease, while other advanced countries move ahead with progressive and publicly funded treatments.
Almost a year ago, former Health Minister Jane Philpott announced a $4 million investment for research into Lyme disease along with the introduction of the federal framework. While the funding marked significant progress, much work remains ahead.
“Far too often, we continue to hear of patients who are denied treatment in Canada and who cannot find a Lyme-literate physician. It is crucial that we have better infrastructure to share best practices across jurisdictions and health centres. We need to press the medical profession to take up its responsibility to educate, as mandated by the Federal Framework.”
“As global temperatures increase, we can expect the disease-carrying ticks to expand their range across Canada. Lyme disease is no longer a rare condition; it is a growing public health issue. We must confront it with a comprehensive strategy of surveillance, awareness, and treatment.”
“I remain very grateful for the all-party support the Federal Framework has received. This issue remains non-partisan. I have confidence in Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas-Taylor to adjust the framework through ongoing dialogue with those who remain concerned in the Lyme-literate medical and patient community.”