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New portable x ray equipment on the ground in PBCN communities – MBC Radio

Nov 6, 2023

The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) is now able to provide more health care services to membership in their communities.

Recently the First Nation’s health services provider acquired three small portable x ray machines which have been deployed in the communities of Southend, Deschambault Lake and Pelican Narrows. The machines are mainly being used to provide chest x rays to help diagnose tuberculosis.

PBCN Health Services Preventative Health Manager Genevieve St Denis told MBC Radio News, before they got the new machines they needed to either bring the equipment in to their communities, which left them at the mercy of the weather or other possible challenges which limited their ability at times to provide the services. She said this had a real impact on patients.

“That means we have to either cancel those clinics, those x ray clinics, or re book those patients, or have patients travel further down south to access those health services,” she said.

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