IERHA adds six physicians around the region.
October 18, 2018
By Don Norman
On October 16, the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authoruty announced that two new physicians would be joining the team at the Pine Falls Health Complex. It’s part of a move by the health authority that will see six new primary care physicians added across the region. It will expand the ranks of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority at clinics in Arborg, Ashern, Beausejour, Eriksdale as well as Pine Falls. Five of the six physicians are currently accepting and enrolling new patients.
“Robust primary care is essential to ensuring better long-term health and the Interlake-Eastern Health Authority has been working hard to recruit physicians to communities across the region. That work is paying off,” said Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen. “In addition to the 19 physicians recruited to the region last year, these additional six doctors will benefit families in the region by ensuring they receive
The two physicians coming to Pine Falls are Dr. Ahmed Rateb and Dr. Pransanga Ketawala.
Dr. Rateb completed his medical training at the University of Manitoba and has special interests in addictions, emergency medicine, and the treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
According to a press release issued by the IERHA, Dr. Rateb says he was inspired to become a physician because he enjoys solving “medical mysteries” and is fascinated by the “complexity of the human body.” He says that helping his patients get better and have a better life is the most gratifying part of his day. When not working, Dr. Rateb enjoys spending time with his family as well as soccer, scuba diving and fishing.
Dr. Ketawala completed his medical studies in Sri Lanka and also has a MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Throughout his career he has enjoyed his time working in emergency departments and using his psychology training to support his patients’ mental health.
According to the release, Dr. Ketawala says it was his family’s own practice of traditional Ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka that first inspired him to become a physician. He is looking forward to working in Pine Falls and is impressed with the way that traditional Indigenous healing techniques have been incorporated into care offered at the Giiigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre. When he is not working, Dr. Ketawala enjoys traveling with his family and playing badminton.
To make an appointment, please contact the Pine Falls Primary Health Care Complex (37 Maple Street) at 204-367-2278.