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Manitoba New Democrats promise $5 million for mature women’s health centre

WINNIPEG — The leader of Manitoba’s New Democrats is promising to reopen a health centre that provided specialized care for menopausal women if his party wins the Oct. 3 provincial election. 

Wab Kinew says his party would spend $5 million to build a new Mature Women’s Centre at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg and will provide $2 million in annual funding. 

The previous centre was closed in 2017 as part of the governing Progressive Conservatives budget cuts to the health-care system. 

The facility provided one-stop services for menopause transition, hysterectomy alternatives and other gynecological care. 

The New Democrats have focused much of their campaign on health care, including a promise to reopen the emergency room at Victoria hospital and two others in Winnipeg. 

Kinew says the NDP is also committed to expanding pharmaceutical coverage for medications that are used to prevent osteoporosis and improve the lives of mature women.  

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2023. 

The Canadian Press