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First Nations doing ‘amazing job’ of protecting citizens says Federal health minister – Anishinabek News

OTTAWA — Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, spoke about the importance of ensuring First Nations in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding have supports in place to protect citizens during a May 21 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic update. Her riding includes the Northern Superior Region communities of Namaygoosisagagun, Red Rock Indian Band, Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (Rocky Bay), Long Lake #58, Pays Plat and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg.

“We’ve taken action to ensure communities have personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as making sure that we understand if communities need additional health care professionals or expanded existing nursing contracts, for example,” Hajdu says during a May 21 phone interview. “We continue to monitor outbreaks in communities, and for us, the most important piece is understanding what more we can do to prevent the coronavirus from entering communities, but also how we protect communities that have had cases of coronavirus to properly isolate those cases and prevent ongoing spread.”

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