Nunavik woman raises safety concerns over transportation to Puvirnituq hospital – Nunatsiaq News

Nov 21, 2022

Christina Anowak says hospital offered van service previously, but switched to pickup truck

An Umiujaq woman is raising concerns over what she says is a lack of safe transportation to the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Puvirnituq.

Christina Anowak, who said she is a frequent visitor to the centre, said the hospital initially provided van service for patients from other communities who fly in to Puvirnituq for health appointments.

But in the past two years, Anowak said, Inuulitsivik switched from picking up and dropping off patients at the airport in a van to using a pickup truck.

While she travels there regularly for checkups for lung infections due to her history of smoking, the lack of safe van access has her reconsidering her decision to seek care at the centre. She said she had to sit in the bed of the pickup truck, in bad weather and without a seatbelt.

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