Emergency Measures for Health Service Providers

Shortage of Injectable Sodium Bicarbonate Products

Health Canada is informing Canadians of the current shortage of injectable sodium bicarbonate product in Canada. Sodium bicarbonate is used in the treatment of a wide range of ‎conditions including metabolic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood), in open heart surgery, as an antidote to certain poisons, in cases of organ failure, and in some types of cancer chemotherapy. It is administered by health care professionals, usually in a health setting.

For more information, please visit the Health Canda website.

Syrian Refugee Resettlement

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working with federal, provincial and health system partners to support Syrian refugee resettlement in Ontario. Our strategy includes the following elements: monitoring and assessing health needs, coordinating health system preparedness, service delivery and capacity, and communicating information to the refugees, sponsors, and the health system as information is confirmed.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.