New doctor comes to Nipawin

By Charlene Tebbutt
May 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

A couple of new physicians are expected to start working in Nipawin in the coming weeks, adding to the list of medical professionals in the community.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) announced this week that Dr. Akinwunmi Akinwuntan will begin work in Nipawin May 22. He is originally from Ile-Ife in Nigeria and was trained in family medicine at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Akinwuntan has more than 18 years of experience in the healthcare sector, the SHA said in a release.

Another physician is expected to arrive in Nipawin in early June as well, said Jessica Watt, with the SHA’s Melfort Human Resources office. That physician, from the United Kingdom, will bring the total number of doctors to 10, a full complement in the Nipawin area, Watt said.

“We were able to find good, qualified candidates, but we did bring in international medical trained graduates, and so that process just takes longer,” she added.

Soon, the SHA will also be up to a full complement of doctors in Tisdale as well. Watt says a new doctor is expected to begin work in that community toward the end of June, bringing their total number to five.

Two new physicians are also expected to arrive in Melfort over the summer, Watt added, and the organization is also recruiting for upcoming openings in Hudson Bay and Kelvington.

The SHA is also looking for trained registered nurses, especially those with experience working in emergency rooms and operation rooms, and medical laboratory technologists, Watt said. 

“We actually do have quite a few [positions] posted right now,” she added.


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