BY ANDREW SMITH
LISTOWEL - The Listowel office of the Perth District Health Unit had a special visitor last week, in honour of National Nursing Week.
Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece met with public health nurses in Listowel on May 10, accepting an invitation as part of the Take Your MPP to Work Day initiative from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, according to PDHU public health manager Jennifer Dufferin.
“Nurses across the province were inviting their MPP to their work places to share what nurses do and the value of nurses in the community,” she said.
Dufferin said the nurses took the opportunity to speak with Pettapiece about what the PDHU does, and provide better awareness of their involvement in the community. In addition to the services offered from their offices in Perth County, Dufferin said the PDHU works with dieticians, the medical officer of health, and community agencies like schools boards to improve public health.
“A lot of what public health does is hidden, and people don’t know that we’re doing our job because everyone is healthy,” Dufferin said. “Nothing really comes to the front unless someone gets ill or we have a pandemic.”
Pettapiece said he was impressed with what he learned during the visit, and the range of services the PDHU offers.
“They do everything from when you’re born until you get older,” he said. “I was pleasantly surprised with the range of service they provide.”