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Health Canada declares Keshechewan children’s ailments “not a medical emergency”

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Dr. Gordon Green, one of the doctors who travelled to Kashechewan First Nation to examine patients involved in the recent rash outbreaks said it is not a medical emergency.

Green is a family doctor and the Chief of Staff for Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.

Green said that 23 out of 34 people he examined had excema while others were treated for acne, psoriasis while one person had a mild case of impetigo.

Green did not say that any of the people he examined had scabies contradicting an earlier diagnoses.

Members of the community at Kash are concerned the water treatment centre they have is not effectively cleaning the water and that is what is making the children’s rash outbreak so severe.

Alvin Fiddler, Grand Chief of Nishnaabe Aski Nation said that independent testing of the water and the plant is the only way to address the community’s mistrust.

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