Via the Winnipeg Free Press: 'We're in a war zone': chief. Excerpt:
Manitoba Health is working to find an extra doctor to send to Garden Hill, but that may not happen until next week.
It was only on Wednesday that First Nations Inuit Health decided to send hand sanitizers to First Nations communities, many of which don't have access to running water.
Dozens of First Nations residents have been medevaced to hospitals in Winnipeg with severe flu-like symptoms.
"We need to set up a temporary hospital base right within the region, that is what's urgently needed," Garden Hill Chief David Harper said Wednesday, referring to the Island Lake region that includes three other First Nations communities, including St. Theresa Point. Garden Hill has only a nursing station that shares a doctor with a neighbouring community.
"The amount of medevacs that we've had in one month would almost pay for a hospital. It would definitely pay for a hospital."
Harper said medical equipment such as masks, antivirals and sanitization equipment was ordered last week through the local nursing station but has not arrived. If it doesn't come soon, Harper said, he'll pay for the equipment out of his own pocket.
"Whatever it takes," he said. "We're in a war zone, we have to protect (our community). Especially our children and our elderly."