The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit has released their annual report for 2017.

In the report was the fact that the three offices, in Haliburton,  Lindsay, and Port Hope had a budget of $18 million. Also in the report was that the HKPR has 140 staff.

The HKPR reports having taken 2,475 water samples for the beach water testing program, 7,823 vaccinations to people without a family doctor, and 1,822 children received fluoride varnish treatments.

Health unit staff also investigated 388 suspected rabies exposure cases, 68 outbreaks of illness in long-term care facilities, and charged 30 people for selling tobacco products to underage buyers.

Of the 2,453 students that begun the ’17-18 school year with out of date vaccination records, not a single one was suspended by the health unit to ensure compliance. Throughout the year, the HKPR distributed 80,054 doses of vaccine to local healthcare providers.

The health unit also distributed naloxone kits to 88 people. Naloxone kits are used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose long enough to call 9-1-1.