Aglukkaq Praises Cowessess For H1N1 Preparedness

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 14:42



The federal Minister of Health says the Cowessess First Nation has a “model” H1N1 pandemic plan.


Leona Aglukkaq spent today touring Cowessess to see the community’s pandemic plan first-hand.


Aglukkaq praised the community’s preparedness plan and says it’s an example for other communities across the country.


Alyssa Lerat is the community health educator at Cowessess.


She says the every home on the reserve will receive a preparedness kit that includes coloured flags.


These flags will be hung on the door to communicate with the community.


Currently, more than 90 per cent of First Nations communities in Canada have pandemic plans.


Officials in Aglukkag’s office say Cowessess is the “most prepared” First Nation in the country.


Chief Gordon Lerat says there have been no reported cases of H1N1 on Cowessess.


He says they will be encouraging everyone in the community to get the vaccination when it becomes available.