With more than 3,500 people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Saskatchewan, the government has proclaimed May as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.
On Tuesday, Health Minister Dustin Duncan and the rest of the MLAs were presented with carnations to mark the event.
Duncan says the government has accepted recommendations made by the MS Advisory Panel of Saskatchewan.
The recommendations included the creation of an advisory council on degenerative neurological diseases and a registry of Saskatchewan people living with MS.
Duncan says another priority is to bring in a MS neurology specialist and a MS clinical research chair based out of Saskatoon.
Erin Kuan, President of the MS Society of Saskatchewan says there is one MS clinic in Saskatchewan right now, but it’s being underutilized.
The prairies have the highest incident rate of MS in Canada, and Kuan says that having a dedicated MS neurologist would enable more access to clinical trials.
Nicole Tiller is an MS Ambassador and says having the neurologist would make a huge difference to the level of care in the province.
“I think that being the only province that doesn’t have one is a little surprising. We’re smaller, but we’re not that much smaller, and with the prevalence I think it would be a really good idea to have a specialist.”
Duncan says the government continues to work on the advisory’s recommendations and is close to selecting a MS clinical research chair.