Health Minister Maureen MacDonald says a new Infection Prevention and Control Centre will be a “valuable service” for the province, especially when it comes to dealing with H1N1.

The centre from the Department of Health is expected to provide provincewide standards and oversight, including support to health-care workers to make sure the right infection prevention and control practices are used.

A government release says the centre will support a network of about 30 infection control practitioners, from district health authorities to long-term care facilities, as well as health-service provider organizations.

“With the influenza pandemic, it has become more crucial to put all of the appropriate measures in place to limit the spread of infection,” MacDonald says in the release.