MLAs reignite calls for medical boarding home in Rankin Inlet – Nunatsiaq News

Oct 24, 2023

Solomon Malliki, Alexander Sammurtok decry Kivalliq medical travel issues

Two MLAs again pressed Health Minister John Main to consider building a medical travel home in Rankin Inlet, during a lengthy exchange in Nunavut’s legislative assembly Tuesday.

Solomon Malliki, who represents the riding of Aivilik, and Alexander Sammurtok, of Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet, spent several minutes asking Main about the high number of medical travellers in Kivalliq region who rely on Rankin Inlet’s airport and Kivalliq Health Centre.

“A dedicated boarding home in Rankin Inlet would certainly reduce the strain on travellers,” Malliki said.

The two MLAs said Rankin Inlet’s hotels are frequently full, which creates an added stress for travellers who leave their communities for care but learn their appointments were cancelled at the last minute.

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