Quebec to hire more nurses to address overcrowding in north after death of 10 infants – GLOBAL

November 10, 2022

Health officials in northern Quebec say they are trying to hire more nurses and Inuit staff after a coroner’s report released last month linked the deaths of 10 infants in the region to overcrowding.

A recruitment drive is underway to hire more nurses to vaccinate children against disease and offer preventive health-care services to the Inuit communities of Nunavik, Ariane Bedard, spokesperson for the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, said Thursday in an email.

Bedard said the health agency is also trying to hire Inuit staff who understand the needs of residents and who can speak Inuktitut. But she didn’t say how the agency would directly address the overcrowding concerns mentioned in the report by Quebec coroner Genevieve Theriault.

She referred all questions about overcrowding to the local housing bureau, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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