New dialysis training centre in Waskaganish brings hope to diabetes patients

By Patrick Quinn  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The grand opening of the Home Dialysis Training Centre and Respiratory Clinic in Waskaganish was celebrated May 16 as a step toward bringing more Cree people with diabetes home to Eeyou Istchee. Ispeyimuunikaitmikw, the Hope Centre, will allow patients to conduct peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis treatments from the comfort of their homes. “This is a building of hope, that families can reunite and be together,” said Deputy Chief Samson Wischee at the inauguration before holding a moment of silence for those previously unable to return home for treatments. “This is a testament that working together we can make things happen.” With soaring rates of kidney disease in the territory, the initiative will alleviate some of the need for dialysis patients ahead of the…

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