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Outbreak of H1N1 in Ahousat unfounded, official says
Health official says calling H1N1 incidences an outbreak irresponsible and instead, First Nation should be hailed for its proactive approach
Sarah Douziech, Westerly News
Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009
A Vancouver Island health official said today an article reporting a pandemic H1N1 flu outbreak on a First Nation reserve north of Tofino was irresponsible.
"I'm really unhappy with the quality of work from that article," VIHA's Dr. Charmaine Enns said. "Ahousaht is hardly having any influenza activity at all."
The article posted to the Canadian Medical Association Journal's website referred to the incidence of H1N1 in Ahousat, an aboriginal community accessible only by water taxi or airplane, as "the first pandemic...outbreak of Canada's fall flu season."
Originally posted by lpowell0627
Forgive me if this has been addressed, but it seems a little fishy to me that "aboriginal people in remote villages" would be the first to get the vaccine at all.
I'm not from Canada, but it sounds a little wierd to me that these people would be on the list "of high priority" to receive the vaccine in the first place. Something's not adding up....
Originally posted by Donnie Darko
Why would they want to commit genocide against the few Native Americans who are left? Maybe because they're the only people who can teach the non-natives how to survive when TSHTF?
The unfortunate shipments of body bags to aboriginal reserves in Manitoba, speaks to a larger communication problem between health authorities and at-risk aboriginal communities, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said Friday.
Despite speculation that Health Canada ordered last month's controversial shipment of body bags to Manitoba's Wasagamack First Nation, the delivery was requested by the community's nursing station in preparation for a possible second wave of H1N1 pandemic, according to a much-anticipated report released yesterday by the Deputy Minister of Health. Health Canada previously admitted it had "erred" in sending the body bags, but the report said it was Wasagamack's nurse-in-charge who ordered 100 body bags on Aug. 12.
The government-produced report said that while the nurse-in-charge was acting under the recommendation to "order generously" given the community's isolation, the request for 100 body bags was "disproportionately high in comparison to quantities in nursing stations across the country."
Of the 100 body bags requested, 38 were delivered to Wasagamack by Sept. 9, while the rest of the shipment, which had been on back order, was cancelled on Sept. 16 after the Winnipeg regional office was made aware of the abnormally large request.