Dental visits resuming in six NWT communities

Visiting dental teams will be returning to six NWT communities. (Photo courtesy of RiverEdge Dental from Creative Commons)

Visiting dental services that were suspended as a result of the pandemic will be returning to six communities.

A press release says the chief public health officer has issued COVID-19 precautions and approval to health facilities.

Communities that will be receiving private dental teams include Fort Providence, Sambaa K’e, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells, Fort Resolution and Aklavik.

The remaining NWT communities not yet approved will be able to resume operations when facility upgrades are complete, contracts are in place and facilities meet COIVID-19 safety protocols.

The necessary assessment work is expected to continue throughout 2021-22, the release says.

Indigenous Services Canada will also continue providing support for Non-Insured Health Benefit clients to travel for eligible dental services not available in their communities.

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