Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared Monday to reject a request by a group of First Nations in Manitoba for Canada to allow Cuban doctors into their communities to bolster their health care services in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Canada's health care system, which is staffed by outstanding health care professionals, has the capacity to deal with this extraordinary challenge," said Freeland, during the daily federal government news conference on the country's pandemic response. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said she is working with the chief medical officer at Indigenous Services Canada. "What our communities need is more health care workers on site in our communities." "Without an increase of health care workers on site in communities and appropriate medical equipment and supply, our patients will have to be sent outside of their communities for urgent medical care."
Source: CBC News March 30, 2020 23:48 UTC