Health Minister Christian Dubé wants to put prevention at the heart of his health reform and he announced an action plan on Thursday to achieve this. The announcement marked Doctor Horacio Arruda’s return to the media.
Assistant Deputy Minister Horacio Arruda becomes the ambassador of the PGPS or the government’s health prevention policy.
For the second phase of this plan, the government is providing an investment of $120 million, or $40 million a year, through 2024-2025.
The keyword of the press conference that took place in Quebec was ‘prevention’.
“Prevention is what is currently missing as a social project,” said Sylvie Bernier, president of the National Tables on Healthy Lifestyles, who was present when the plan was announced.
Horacio Arruda, for his part, repeated several times “Long live prevention! †
The government wants to reinforce the message that many solutions to unburden healthcare lie outside the system and are based on healthy habits.
For example, the action plan will mobilize nearly 30 government departments and agencies and more than 80 non-governmental partners to promote healthy lifestyles.
More than “one hundred actions across Quebec” are planned in this plan.
When asked how the money will be spent, Dr. Arruda stated that it was a matter of establishing “community projects that transform people’s environments”.
Olympic medalist Sylvie Bernier set the example of food education programs in deprived areas.
Minister Dubé added that certain amounts could be used to run awareness campaigns so that citizens know where the sports infrastructure is located in their community.
“We need to convince the people of Quebec to think about healthy lifestyle habits” that can improve life expectancy, stressed Minister Dubé, specifying that “these habits are: being a non-smoker, not being obese or overweight, consuming alcohol in moderation, 30 minutes of exercise a day and a good diet”.
Of the USD 120 million, USD 20 million will be used for the “development of the capacities of people from an early age”.
More than $50 million will be spent to “guidance the development of healthy and safe communities and territories.”
Nearly $39 million will be allocated to “improving living conditions that promote health” and $8 million to “strengthening preventive actions in the health and social services system”.
The Return of Doctor Arruda
This action plan is an “important step” for Quebec, said Dr. Arruda before adding: “fasten your tuques”, because “we really feel a momentum now” on the part of the different partners.
He indicated that his appointment as ambassador of this policy was “a very great privilege” and that his role will be in particular to meet and ensure that the “key players” in the field of public health in the different regions that “people know and implement the action plan. .
“What we want is for every department to contribute to improving Quebec’s health,” added Horacio Arruda.
dr. Arruda also indicated that it was “neither a relief nor a disappointment” to no longer hold the position of public health director, adding that “managing prevention is managing the next crisis in our hospitals”.
Last January, Horacio Arruda resigned as Quebec’s national director of public health after nearly two years of the pandemic.
Horacio Arruda also answered some questions about managing the pandemic.
A journalist asked him what he had ‘found most difficult’ during this period.
“The lack of knowledge we had during all the interventions. As a scientist, it’s nice to base our decisions on evidence, but it’s not like there’s a lot of things we don’t know at the start of a pandemic,” the doctor replied earlier, adding “that in order to manage something without being supported by past experience is probably the most difficult element”.
He explained that the decisions he made were “those that we thought were the fairest, in terms of balance, for the people of Quebec and we must not forget the fragile state of the health network and we did not want anyone to have a heart attack.” got. arrive [à l’hôpital] and cannot be processed”.
Horacio Arruda then added “we always do better than before”.
Still on managing the pandemic, he said that “in the same context and the same recommendations, I would probably arrive at the same solutions”.
He also indicated “that despite what people think, on the issue of excess mortality,” Quebec has “performed very well” citing data to be published shortly.
Of all of Canada’s provinces and territories, the death rate related to COVID-19 was highest in Quebec, according to an analysis recently published by the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.