New physician to begin practice in Lanigan
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), along with the Lanigan and District Medical Clinic are very pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Mohd Enamul Hoque to serve Lanigan and surrounding communities.
Effective Monday, Aug. 17 Dr. Hoque will be joining Dr. Alafia to provide primary health care services out of the Lanigan and District Medical Clinic, Lanigan Integrated Hospital and Central Parkland Lodge. Patients wanting to book appointments should call the Lanigan and District Medical Clinic.
After years of working in various capacities and facilities overseas, Dr. Hoque arrived in Canada in October of 2010 and started practicing at the Leader Hospital, clinic and two seniors homes as a family physician. He also worked as a surgical assistant from June 2018 to June 2019 at the Swift Current Hospital.
Dr. Hoque will be joined in the community by his wife and three children, aged 14, 12 and six. He looks forward to being a part of the community and also the ability that working in Saskatchewan provides to enjoy some of his hobbies which include fishing, hunting and gardening.
Lanigan Mayor Andrew Cebryk said the community is happy to have Dr. Hoque and his family come to Lanigan. “On behalf of the community and surrounding area I want to wish Dr. Hoque all the best as he settles into his new role.”
Dr. Kevin Wasko, the Physician Executive for Integrated Rural Health said the arrival of Dr. Hoque is an important announcement for Lanigan, but due to ongoing recruitment challenges for other professions, reduced emergency room services will continue in the community.
“In Lanigan, one of the challenges with service resumption is related to recruitment. In the interim, the SHA is exploring all options to provide emergency services in the community which may include utilizing virtual care in the emergency room setting.”
SHA stated, “As we continue the work to resume emergency services, many factors must be taken into consideration such as adequate human resources, skill enhancement and training, separation of staff and the physical separation of space, along with the overall status of COVID-19. These criteria will continue to be evaluated as we work to reopen these emergency rooms.”
The SHA is appreciative of the cooperation and support of the community during this temporary disruption of emergency services.