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Third Pediatrician Recruited To Fort McMurray Since The Wildfire

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Third Pediatrician Recruited To Fort McMurray Since The Wildfire

Another pediatrician is coming to Fort McMurray.

Dr. Alnura Akanayeva, who was born and raised in Kazakhstan, is moving to the region with her husband and three sons this fall.

“I am very excited to start my pediatric career here. I will do my best to provide excellent care to my patients and their families. I look forward to being a part of a well-established, highly professional medical community,” says Dr. Akanayeva.

Dr. Akanayeva most recently worked in Calgary. Alberta Health Services says she is the third pediatrician and tenth new physician to be recruited to Fort McMurray since the wildfire. The other recruits include two anesthesiologists, two psychiatrists, and family medicine physicians.

  • Dr. Ngozika Okoye, pediatrician, started practicing in the community mid-July
  • Dr. Kishore Sindhi, psychiatrist, started practicing in the community mid-July.
  •  Dr. Adeoluwa Ogunsona, psychiatrist, began accepting patients August 1.
  • Dr. Saeed Labbaf, anesthesiologist, began practicing full-time September 1 and is providing locum coverage at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.
  • Dr. Tina Tom, a family medicine physician practicing low-risk obstetrics, began accepting patients in the middle of August.
  • Dr. Rajeev Peeka, pediatrician, is expected to start accepting patients this fall.
  • Dr. Stella Ogunsona, a family medicine physician with a sub-specialty in low-risk obstetrics, is expected to start accepting patients this fall.
  • Dr. Danielle Joubert, anesthesiologist, is expected to start practicing in the community by the end of this year.
  • Dr. Asra Segok, a family medicine physician practicing low-risk obstetrics, is expected to start accepting patients by the end of the year.

“We are continuing to ensure that Fort McMurray and area residents have timely access to a wide range of health services,” Dr. Kevin Worry, Medical Director in the North Zone of AHS said in a release. “The arrival of Dr. Akanayeva shows the recruitment efforts of AHS and community partners are paying off, as physicians and other healthcare providers are opting to practice in communities across northern Alberta.”

To see which doctors are taking new patients visit the Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network’s website.

Editor’s note: The original release from Alberta Health Services stated five pediatricians had been recruited to Fort McMurray since the wildfire. Wednesday evening they sent out a correction saying three pediatricians have been recruited since the wildfire, bringing the total in the community to five.

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