Plan to wipe out tuberculosis in Inuit communities shifts to prevention – BayToday

OTTAWA — Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says a plan aimed at eliminating tuberculosis from Inuit communities shows the federal government is “getting its act together.”

Philpott, together with the leader of Canada’s national Inuit group, revealed Monday how it will follow through on a Liberal pledge to wipe tuberculosis from the Arctic by 2030. Philpott said the framework will help move from fighting outbreaks of the respiratory disease to preventing them from occurring.

“You have to have the will, you have to have the massive investment, but you also have to be very, very organized,” Philpott said.

“It needs to get down to the minutiae of detail: ‘How many more nurses need to be trained? How many more community health workers need to be trained? Where do they need to go?’ ”

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