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Jukasa News Update – Monday, May 17, 2021


Researchers say Indigenous surgery patients are nearly a third more likely to die after their procedures than other populations in Canada and face higher risks of complications.
A new study revealed Indigenous Peoples face a 30 per cent higher death rate after surgery compared to non-Indigenous patients — and suffer higher rates of surgical complications, including post-operative infections and readmissions to hospital.
The data also showed Indigenous patients were less likely to undergo surgeries aimed at improving quality of life and life-saving procedures including joint replacements, cardiac surgery, transplants and caesarean sections.
Officials say the findings underscore the need for the First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities to lead an overhaul of Canada’s healthcare system.

A new study is showing that COVID-19 may have an impact on the human brain — and that survivors of the coronavirus may have an increase risk of brain disease.
About 1 in 3 survivors are diagnosed with neurological or psychiatric disorders after infection including anxiety and mood disorders.
The study linked COVID-19 with dementia and stroke and they say risks are higher in those who had a severe case.

Ontario will start vaccinating everyone 18 and up starting this week.
Health officials say this is six days earlier than originally anticipated and is due to an increase in the amount of vaccines scheduled to arrive in Canada this week.
The province says teens who turn 18 in 2021 are also eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine approved for use in youth aged 12 and over.
So far 7 million doses of the covid vaccine have been administered in Ontario — just over half of the adult population.

Six Nations is reporting a major decline in COVID-19 infections with just 3 active cases in the community.
35 people were reported to be in self isolation and just two new positive cases reported last week.
There is also an increase in vaccines reported with 27% of band members having received the first dose and an additional 8% receiving both doses.
Band members 18 or over can receive the vaccine by booking online at

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