BC hospitals struggling to deal with deadly flu strain, overdose crisis
by Alison Bailey and Sonia Aslam
Posted Jan 12, 2017 11:04 am PST
Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm PST

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) ? As this year?s flu strain continues to hit people all over the province, hospitals are starting to feel the effects.

BC?s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall says facilities on Vancouver Island say they?re struggling to manage.

Island Health Executive director Norm Peters says emergency departments are working over capacity because of an influx of flu patients. Last week, more than a dozen surgeries needed to be cancelled because there weren?t enough hospital beds for patients.

There have been 181 people diagnosed with flu so far this season on Vancouver Island and of those 66 remain in hospital, while five people have died...