Indigenous Peoples ravaged by the coronavirus

Affected at over twice the rate of the general Canadian population.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - May 18, 2022 - PRLog -- Vancouver, B.C - Shocking statistics uncovered by Dr. Funmi Okunola, MD, in the new podcast, 'Covid-19 The Answers,' spotlights Indigenous Peoples as being disproportionately affected by the pandemic; at the rate of two and a half times that of other Canadians.

"As a result of historical Colonial practices, Indigenous People have suffered significant human rights abuses and continue to suffer racism in the health system." stated Dr. Okunola, MD.  The captivating 50 minute interview discusses the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Indigenous People of Canada with Dr. Evan Adams, MD.

As a member of the Tla'amin (Sliammon) First Nation, Dr. Adams is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Indigenous Services Canada and was the first appointed Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia Canada, and is held in high regard.

"The pandemic was absolutely frightening for all of us. Particularly for our many small communities." declared Dr. Adams. There are about 650 different First Nations communities in Canada. Because of their remoteness and size, many don't have tertiary care. They were identified early on as being vulnerable, just on a geographic basis. "If they got Covid-19 they would have very few means to help stop an outbreak, or to care for those who were sick" Dr. Adams also remarked.

Unsurprisingly, there are other risk factors involved in the high figures. Indigenous Peoples have an elevated risk compared to the average Canadian, due to poverty, disenfranchisement and abuse from colonial practices resulting in the poorest health of any ethnic group in the country.

Dr. Evan Adams, MD, said, "Our people did really well at the beginning, because we were so remote and in part, because we protected our borders and communities from importation. We literally set up roadblocks and asked peoples' business going in and out of our tiny communities. But eventually our infection rate, mortality rate and our complication rate were worse than other Canadians. About two and a half times worse."

Interestingly, in the new podcast 'Covid-19 The Answers (,' Dr. Adams explains to Dr. Okunola how his team scaled up and executed the national Covid-19 vaccination program for the Indigenous People of Canada and achieved a 80%, two-shot vaccination rate on reserves, up to a year before the same figure was achieved nationally. "Our infection rate was quite high, but we also noted that our complication rate for hospitalizations and death was around three quarters lower than other Canadians" said Dr. Evan Adams, MD.

Episode 6 of COVID-19 The Answers - "The Effects of COVID-19 & the COVID Vaccination of the Indigenous People of Canada" is now available on YouTube or Podcast.

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