Sask. health professionals, First Nations leaders sound alarm over exploding STI numbers – CBC

Nov 03, 2022

Say education, treatment are key, but long-term solution requires healing from trauma

First Nations leaders and health professionals in Saskatchewan are sounding the alarm over skyrocketing cases of sexually transmitted infections in some communities.

They’re trying to stop the spread, but they say the issue is about much more than just health care.

“It breaks my heart to see this each and every day. I pray for them,” Moosomin First Nation Chief Cheryl Kahpeaysewat said.

Health workers with the Battlefords Agency Tribal Council recently compiled data on immunizations and infections in their communities. They say one statistic shocked them.

The number of cases of syphilis in their communities has more than tripled in the past few years. There were 17 cases in 2019, but there had already been 56 this year up to the end of August.

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