A.N.A.C. [the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada] is particularly concerned with the impact of treating cases of H1N1 will have on small and remote First Nation communities. Many Aboriginal people in these communities live in overcrowded conditions and over 100 First Nations still do not have running water. The issue is also related to nursing support needed for severe cases of H1N1 which can lead to extended hospital stays and lengthy home support in the community after hospital discharge. There is a shortage of nursing support staff in rural and remote areas.
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