Surveillance and protection for infectious diseases

ᐋ ᓂᑑᒋᔅᒑᔨᐦᑖᑭᓅᒡᐦ ᑳ ᒥᓯᐦᑖᐲᒡᐦ ᐋᐦᑯᓱᐎᓐᐦ

Program objectives

This program aims to reduce or eliminate infectious diseases in the region.

Why this program?

Control of contagious diseases is basic to any Public Health program. The public health department receives hundreds of reports of infectious diseases each year as well as a similar number of ad hoc consultations. A health protection approach has been used in the region to help control tuberculosis, vaccine-preventable illnesses such as measles, and most recently the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Short description of program

This program monitors rates of infectious diseases, provides support to activities designed to lower those rates, and responds to outbreaks. Specifically, the program:

  • Monitors the incidence and prevalence of infectious diseases in the region (surveillance), and handles the reporting for diseases that, by law, must be reported to the Ministry of Health, known as MADO – Maladies à déclaration obligatoire;
  • Provides evidence about the links between infectious diseases and root causes (e.g., the relationship between crowded housing and incidence of tuberculosis);
  • Supports regional vaccination programs and oversees the monitoring of vaccine-preventable illnesses, vaccine coverage, and adverse events after vaccination;
  • Responds to outbreaks of infectious diseases;
  • Provides tools for interventions related to infectious diseases (provincial protocols, simplified guidelines, and telephone support).

Targeted clientele

This program targets the entire population and needs to work with a variety of individuals within the Public Health Department and CBHSSJB. It may also target a segment of the population while avoiding the stigmatization of vulnerable groups.

Who delivers the program?

The health protection program is within the Awash Miyupimaatisiiun team of the Public Health Department, but works with the Public Security Coordinator in the event of a public health emergency. Interventions related to public health protection are carried out by a variety of individuals at the local level within the CMC’s.

The program is coordinated by: 

Dr Robert Carlin, as a part time consulting physician
1055 Boulevard René-­Lévesque East
6th Floor
Montréal, Québec
H2L 4S5
Tel : (514) 861-2352 ext. 233

Email : robert.carlin@ssss.gouv.qc.ca