Re­lease data on tu­ber­cu­lo­sis treat­ment: Lewis

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

One of Canada’s strong­est in­ter­na­tional voices in the fight against AIDS is turn­ing his at­ten­tion to what he calls the shock­ing in­ci­dence of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in his coun­try’s own backyard. Stephen Lewis, the United Nations spe­cial en­voy on AIDS/HIV, says the fed­eral gov­ern­ment should re­lease all in­for­ma­tion it has on Inuit taken south for TB treat­ment in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Many Inuit don’t even know where fam­ily mem­bers are buried, and Lewis says that’s still cre­at­ing rip­ples of trauma through Arc­tic com­mu­ni­ties.

Lewis says tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, a dis­ease of poverty and over­crowd­ing, is present in 17 out of 25 Nu­navut com­mu­ni­ties.

He says it’s un­ac­cept­able for Cana­dian ci­ti­zens to live un­der such con­di­tions, which he com­pares to some of the sit­u­a­tions he’s seen in places like sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa.

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