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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD October 24, 1973 Medical apathy towards VD criticized OTTAWA (CP) Members of the medical profession are committing "unpardonable errors" of omission in their treatment of venereal dis- eases, says Dr J D Wallace of the Canadian Medical Association. In many instances, doctors are not reporting cases to pub- lic health officers, checks are not made on possible contacts, laboratory tests are inade- quate and, follow-up inspec- tions are lacking, says Dr. Wallace in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Asocia- tion Journal. Ethical physicians who real- ly care for their patients and for the health of society must start treating their patients "by the book." says Dr Wallace, secretary-general of the association. The criticism of medical attitudes, unusual in that physicians are reluctant to take their colleagues to task, comes as doctors throughout the world gather here today for a two-day symposium on gonorrhea. Concerned public health officials say a venereal dis- ease epidemic is sweeping cases of gonorrhea are up more than 10 per cent from that doctors have been unco- operative in reporting cases. NEED ATTITUDE CHANGE Dr. Wallace says in the ar- ticle that doctors' attitudes must change if the VD epidemic is to subside Doctors have a moral obligation to follow closely the VD treatment guide, prepared by provincial health departments, or else know that their alternative treat- ment method is as good or better Dr. Wallace says many doc- tors don't report venereal dis- ease cases because a patient is fearful that parents or a spouse will learn of his predicament if the case is reported. Doctors felt dis- closure contravene patient- doctor confidential relations. "After a few pointed ques- tions as to whether he could have passed his gift on to his wife or anyone else, all usual- ly answered in the negative with an apparently sincere air of this-is-the-first-and-last- time innocence." the doctor identified the bacteria and gave the appropriate shot. The patient may be for- tunate enough to recover by a one-shot therapeutic approach but all the most important parts of the treatment have been omitted, said Dr. Wallace. He writes that some doctors may be indignant at being ad- dressed so bluntly by him. However, "if shock is need- ed to remove apathy toward VD, then shock it must be." FACE REALITY "It is time we all face up to reality where VD is concerned and treat it as we do other ill- nesses with judgments and decisions made by our minds rather than our hearts." Dr. Wallace says the pre- sent epidemic can be brought under control, as was an epidemic of venereal disease that followed the Second World War At that time, "universal education and prevention programs were mounted, and the little green lights of prophylactic stations twinkled through the day and night Strictly supervised diagnostic, treatment and control programs were in- stituted, he says He recalled that a com manding officer and a padre in the same unit both were "successfully investigatec and treated by the backdoor therapy on the basis of rank or position These attitudes are requirec for the present emergency Dr Wallace says. Ward system vote at Vancouver VANCOUVER couver voters, bombarded by conflicting comments from four political groups, decide today how many aldermen they want and whether they want to retain an at-large representation or return to the ward system which they voted out 37 years ago. Voters must choose between the current system in which they vote for all the aldermen and therefore can entire city council at one time, a par- tial ward system or a full ward system. Under the par- tial ward system, residents vote for one alderman plus a set number of candidates-at- large Under the full ward system, they would just have the one aldermanic vote. Voters also must decide whether to keep the size of the council to the present 10 alder- men or expand it to 12 to to 22 or 35 to 45 aldermen. Members of the electors ac- tion movement (TEAM) who hold eight of the council seats plus the mayoralty, are split over the type of representa- tion they want. At one news conference Monday, five of them said the full ward system would create endless delays and result in little creative leadership. They en- dorsed the partial ward system. After their news con- ference, three other TEAM aldermen advocated the full Tiger on the table Dr. Don D. Farst, a veterinarian, checks anesthetized Bengal tiger, Madras, while helping a dentist and "Family doctor" repair a splintered fang. Farst flew from Brownsville, Tex., to Los Angeles with the dentist for the tooth-filling. The tiger had been brought to a veterinarian's office from Japanese Village animal park where he is a "performer." Working hours plan studied at Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) The city's commission board is to study the possibility of reorganizing the working hours of civic employees to ease traffic problems. City council referred a mo- tion from Aid. Bill McLean to the commission board for con- sideration when it deals with the city's transportation plan Mr. McLean's motion asked that the administration reorganize working hours so employees would not be travelling to and from work during peak hours of traffic flow. It also asks school boards, the provincial govern- ment and private firms to follow the city's example. Commissioners have said previous that establishing such schemes is difficult because of employee and un- ion reluctance and a cautious attitude by private firms. WATCH FOR BEGONIAS LONDON (CP) Seen in a road named Flower Lane, a traffic sign reading: "Slow, heavy plant crossing." Disgruntled gov't clerks protest EDMONTON (CP) About 75 federal clerks paraded in front of the federal building close to downtown Tuesday in protest against wage in- creases they claim are equivalent to pay cuts. The clerks and their sup- porters, carrying placards that quoted Statistics Canada as saying the cost of living has increased 8.3 per cent during the last 12 months, said they were insulted by an arbitration-board award of seven per cent over three years. The picket line, one of several across Canada recently, lasted about one-half hour. The clerks objected that the Federal Treasury Board has refused to bargain in good faith. About clerks in 10 federal government departments in Edmonton are affected by the proposed three-year contract. The bulk of employees earn between and a month. Wayne Larson, president of Edmonton Local 125 of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, said the picket line demonstrated dissatisfaction with the award. The pickets, calling for a 10-per-cent in- crease in a one-year contract, were not attempting to in- terfere with services. PESO DEVALUED MONTEVIDEO (Reuter) The Uruguayan government Tuesday devalued the peso by 1.58 per cent, fixing the new buying and selling rates against the United States dollar at 916 and 925 pesos, respectively. The previous rates were 902 and 911 pesos. ,FRAME STYLES From AROUND-THE- WORLD OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. ward system, maintaining it was the only way aldermen would be able to tackle local problems. They pointed to a TEAM general meeting earlier this year which made support of the full ward system party policy. Aid Harry Rankin of the Committee of Progressive Electors and Brian Campbell of the Vancouver area council of the NDP, have both urged return to the full ward system which Vancouver had for 49 years. Meanwhile, Warnett Kennedy of the Civic Non- Partisan Association has urg- ed voters to retain the at-large system, saying those who want the ward system have a "lust for power so bad they'll butcher the city to get it Jack Volrich, spokesman for TEAM'S aldermen in favor of the partial ward system, says the merit of the at-large system is that it allows all citizens to vote for all members of council while un- der the ward system, a citizen can vote for only one al- dermanic representative, plus the mayor. "Under the full ward system, the citizen is left with only one vote where now he has Aid. Volrich says. "He will be losing nine votes, he will be losing his right to have a say about the city as a whole." No witch-hunt planned for illegal immigrants OTTAWA (CP) The federal government will not extend the period under which illegal immigrants may seek landed-immigrant status. Im- migration Minister Robert Andras said Tuesday. The special 60-day period when illegal immigrants could make application for landed status ended Oct. 15 but Mr. Andras received represen- tations from inside and out- side the Commons for an ex- tension. The minister said in answer to a question from Gilbert Broadview) that 33 applications for landed status were received after the deadline. He said some were permitted for compassionate reasons but added that this should not be taken as an ex- tension of the 60-day period. Some applied for legalization of their status during that time. Asked if illegal immigrants now will be deported, Mr. An- dras said the law will be en- forced. But outside the House, Mr. Andras assured reporters there would not be a witch hunt to track down illegal im- migrants. "We don't intend to send out raiding parties or anything like that." The department, on com- passionate grounds, had land- ed about 20 of the 33 .latecomers because they would have qualified before the special program went into effect. Mr. Andras said criminals found to have entered the country illegally can expect no would be deported immediately. AT EATON'S NOW Again Eaton's and Canadian General Electric have teamed up to bring you an outstanding appliance special. We believe that the expert construction, styling and features make these products virtually unbeatable value for the low prices. Judge for yourself. Then order with No Down Payment on your Eaton account. CGE washer has five cycles to handle any load 299 .95 Eaton's knows the kind of a washer you want. At a price you want. And here it is a two-speed CGE that can handle any load. Has five cycles permanent press, normal, delicate, soak and extra wash. Has a special bowl to hold fabric softener and dispenses it automatically. 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