Kiiwetinoong member Sol Mamakwa says about 100 new homes are needed urgently at Cat Lake, and he's inviting the prime minister to see the disturbing images for himself. Mamakwa has joined with MP Charlie Angus, who has raised the issue in Ottawa.
"I met a young mother in Cat Lake this week, who wept, as she told me that her 12-year-old is so disfigured from rashes and impetigo that she's quit school. She hides under her blanket, and she won't let her own mother see her face," he said, adding the government's response was to send up lightswitch covers.
The images released by Angus from his visit show infants and children with rashes doctors are linking to mold. The member also called for immediate medical help for the children and members of the First Nation.
Factors that increase the risk of impetigo include:
Age. Impetigo most commonly occurs in children ages 2 to 5.
Crowded conditions. Impetigo spreads easily in schools and child care settings.
Warm, humid weather. Impetigo infections are more common in summer.
Certain sports. Participation in sports that involve skin-to-skin contact, such as football or wrestling, increases your risk of developing impetigo.
Broken skin. The bacteria that cause impetigo often enter your skin through a small skin injury, insect bite or rash.
Ottawa says a task force is being formed, and steps are being taken to accelerate the construction of new homes. Kenora MP Bob Nault has visited the community, and he adds Ottawa paid for the assessment report. Since 2016, Nault noted homes are being built, which is more than happened under the previous government.
The assessment report showed about 75 per cent of homes should be condemned, leading the community leadership to declare a state of emergency.
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