Member of Parliament Niki Ashton has called on the Minister of Indigenous Services to deliver the urgent help needed in northern Manitoba amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the Minster she stated many communities are concerned that there are only three testing sites across our region which makes it difficult to identify the sick. She adds communities that already lack all weather roads, proper housing and running water desperately need support in terms of infrastructure.
Ashton reports she has been reaching out to leaders across northern Manitoba to see where help is needed noting far too many communities don’t have access to necessary medical supplies, hand sanitizers, gloves or masks and they also lack ventilators.
In the letter Ashton called on the Minister to deliver the help required to ensure people are safe and to prevent the potential devastating impact of COVID-19 in the region.