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Canada’s plan to eliminate tuberculosis in Inuit communities: Will it be enough?

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  • S. Barnes says:

    I saw a documentary that highlighted testing issues. I believe the young girl was in critical condition before they confirmed that she had TB. The clinics should be provided with the latest and the best: “While microscopy and culture continue to be indispensible for laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis, the range of several molecular diagnostic tests, including the nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) and whole-genome sequencing (WGS), have expanded tremendously. They are becoming more accessible not only for detection and identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in clinical specimens, but now extend to diagnosing multi-drug resistant strains. Molecular diagnostic tests provide timely results useful for high-quality patient care, low contamination risk, and ease of performance and speed.” https://pneumonia.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41479-018-0049-2

  • Laurie A Mazurik says:

    Is TB a reflection of social conditions? If so, it doesn’t seem that money alone will change that. We sometimes talk around those affected by a problem as if we know what they need. Detecting and Treating TB will help reduce that. To eradicate TB, people need opportunity to be vibrant, creative, individuals with an opportunity to build a strong community. That isn’t about money. It’s about vision, drive and a belief it can be done. Immigrant seeks these opportunities in other locations. Others stay and find a way to improve what they have. Individuals, decide what is best for them. The statistics- what do they reflect?

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Tarun Rahman

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Tarun Rahman is a family medicine resident at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto who previously worked as a public health epidemiologist. His writing focuses on global and public health, as well as issues of identity and culture.

Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith is a Saulteaux woman from Peguis First Nation. She is an emerging writer, graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Aboriginal Studies in June 2011, and graduated with a Master in Education in Social Justice in June 2017. She has written for the Native Canadian, Anishinabek News, Windspeaker, FNH Magazine, New Tribe Magazine and the Piker Press.

Chika Oriuwa

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Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a medical student at the University of Toronto who is completing her MD/MSc with a concentration in System Leadership and Innovation. She has a keen interest in health care reform pertaining to the intersections of race and gender within medicine.