Toronto's Medical Officer Of Health Takes Leave Of Absence & Ford Calls Her A 'True Fighter'
But she says she'll be back!
Ontario officials like Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory are showing their support for Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa as she undergoes surgery today after discovering precancerous cells.
In a press release sent out on December 7, de Villa announced she found out she had precancerous cells after a routine mammogram that she had this summer.
She said the cells need to be removed and that she will be taking a short leave of absence to undergo surgery. Toronto's Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey, will be stepping in to fill her place until December 20.
De Villa took the opportunity in her statement to encourage Torontonians to "take the time to participate in screening programs, as recommended."
Ford tweeted out a message yesterday, writing, "This pandemic has shown us that Dr. @epdevilla is a true fighter. On behalf of all Ontarians, I'm wishing her the very best and hope for her speedy return."
This pandemic has shown us that Dr. @epdevilla is a true fighter. On behalf of all Ontarians, I’m wishing her the very best and hope for her speedy return. https://t.co/XVXqHkRu9F
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) December 7, 2021
Tory also tweeted out a statement in support of de Villa, writing, "On behalf of all Toronto residents I wish her all the best as she undergoes surgery tomorrow. I have no doubt she will make a speedy recovery and look forward to continuing to work with her upon her return."
He also commended her for "stressing the importance of routine checkups and visits with your family doctor."
Today, @epdevilla announced she is undergoing surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells that were identified as part of a routine screening. pic.twitter.com/TEpKxSrU3z
— John Tory (@JohnTory) December 7, 2021
City councillors like Kristyn Wong-Tam and many others have also taken to social media to wish de Villa well.