Doctors to be assigned virtually to Manitoba First Nations during COVID-19 pandemic – CBC

Special team from the U of M’s Indigenous health unit to work remotely

Apr 01, 2020

As more Manitoba First Nations continue to shut access to their communities, doctors are preparing to treat their on-reserve patients remotely.

The response plan for about 20 remote Northern First Nations is being co-ordinated by Ongomiizwin – Indigenous Institute of Health & Healing at the University of Manitoba.

The department provides health care to northern Dene and Cree communities as well as those in the Island Lake area and to First Nations in the southeast part of the province and Swampy Cree area.

“It is not business as usual and it is all hands on deck and being as creative as we could possibly be so that we are as responsive as we need to be,” said Melanie MacKinnon, head of the institute.

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