The role of the Department of Health in the prevention and treatment of the health effects of exposure to lead and to radon.
On May 27th I asked the Minister of Health in Estimates about the role her Department is playing in the prevention and treatment of the adverse health effects of exposure to lead and to radon. My question and the Minister's response is below.
Mr. Gerrard: My next question deals with–I know there's multiple departments involved - but I would like to know what, if anything, her department is doing in terms of preventing the adverse health effects of exposure to lead and to radon, two toxic substances which are all too prevalent in Manitoba.
Ms. Gordon: I'm pleased to respond to the question posed about our department's role in preventing lead and radon.
So, our role is generally, through Public Health, to provide scientific and medical advice and advisors to departments that are more closely linked with that work, so climate and parks, and other departments. And we certainly don't want to overlap or operate at cross-purposes with the other departments.
So, that is the role of the Health Ministry is–again, Dr. Roussin quite often at the table and the discussions related to lead–
Mr. Chairperson: The hour being 12:30 p.m., committee rise.