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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARATION

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH, ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARATION
DATE: JUNE 11, 2009

On June 11, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic. This decision was due to growing evidence that the H1N1 virus is now easily being transmitted to and among humans, resulting in increased and sustained spread of the virus in the general population. The decision to move to Phase 6 was the result of increasing spread of the virus worldwide with sustained community level outbreaks. It should be noted that a pandemic has not been declared in Canada nor in the Province of Ontario.

While the WHO’s declaration of the pandemic should not have a major impact on the day to day activities in our communities, it will set in motion a set of actions in pandemic plans from WHO down to national, provincial and local governments, as well individual hospitals and clinics. We strongly encourage all communities to review and update their pandemic plans. If you require assistance, please contact Dr. Geoff Dunkley, Community Medicine Specialist (email: geoff_dunkley@hc-sc.gc.ca, phone: 613-954-2408)

We remain dedicated to protecting the health of First Nations populations in Ontario. We are working with provincial authorities to ensure First Nations have equal access to care and treatment and that the unique considerations in our populations, such geographic isolation and higher burden of chronic disease is taken into account. In addition:

• We are providing regular updates to health professionals on reserve about the management of cases and contacts of H1N1 as well as infection prevention and control practices. Your Zone Communicable Disease Nurse is also available to provide support to your community.
• We are obtaining advice from Ontario provincial scientific experts on the care and treatment of H1N1 cases and contacts on reserve in Ontario
• We will continue to post the latest information on the H1N1 flu pandemic on the First Nations pandemic website: www.pandemic.knet.ca
• We will continue to provide assistance to communities with pandemic planning. A pandemic planner will be in place shortly at one of the PTOs to provide further assistance to First Nations communities in Ontario with pandemic planning

We continue to recommend that individuals practice frequent handwashing and proper respiratory etiquette by coughing or sneezing into your arm or sleeve. If others are sick with flu like symptoms you should try and maintain a distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from them. If you are sick with flu like symptoms, please contact your health care provider for further guidance.

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