Edmonton has been caught off-guard by the number of Syrian refugees who have arrived suffering “acute illness”.
And internal letter, obtained by Global News, reveals that at least one social services agency is struggling to deal with this problem.
Karen DeViller, director at the East Edmonton Health Centre, wrote that “the refugees arriving to Edmonton are more acutely ill upon arrival than what we were told to expect” and that Edmonton’s Catholic Social Services (CSS) agency “is inundated with constant needs to transport these refugees to an ED (emergency department) or medicentre or urgent care clinic.”
The centre is trying to recruit nurses to assist with the treatment of refugees saying in hotel rooms and other lodgings.
The agency is assisting 254 Syrians. 50% of the children in that group have fallen ill.
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