Federal government touts $3M for Nunavut’s long-term care facilities

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Nunavut Health Minister John Main met at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly on Tuesday to announce a funding agreement to improve safety in long-term care facilities. (CBC)

Dollars will go toward reducing risk of viral transmission

A new agreement between the federal and Nunavut governments means Nunavut will receive $3 million from a billion-dollar federal fund to improve safety in elders’ homes.

On Tuesday, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Nunavut Health Minister John Main met at Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly to announce the funding agreement.

“Today’s agreement with Nunavut will help address the challenges affecting elders’ homes to ensure that all seniors are treated with dignity and receive appropriate care,” Duclos stated in a news release.

Main stated the money will be used for more diagnostic equipment, HEPA air cleaners and antimicrobial furniture for resident rooms.

He added it will help cut down on the risk of viral transmission in Nunavut’s long-term care facilities.

Many of those facilities had COVID-19 outbreaks among staff and residents over the past two years.

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Canada: New Canadian cancer strategy has focus on Inuit, First Nations and Métis people, CBC News

Finland: Finland’s elder care needs funding boost to meet Nordic standards: researcher, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland to reduce services amidst staffing shortages in health care system, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Fewer people suffering strokes in Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Indigenous students in Alaska get hands-on medical experience at nursing camp, Alaska Public Media

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