Baffin Regional Base Hospital
Baffin Regional Base Hospital

The Baffin Regional Hospital has 34 beds. It has an adult and a pediatric ward, a combined emergency and outpatient department, an operating room and a procedure room, an X Ray department, a laboratory, and a variety of family doctors and specialists. Which isn't bad for a city of 6,200.However, it is also the only hospital for the whole population of Nunavut, a population of about 30,000.
Procedure Room
This hospital is the only hospital for an area of almost 2 million square kilometres, or about 20% of the land area of Canada. And anything which cannot be treated in Baffin has to be flown out to Ottawa. By a plane which is stationed in Montreal. So a typical transport takes four hours to arrive, picking up a medical team in Ottawa, and then takes three hours to get the patient to Ottawa. And that is assuming the weather is suitable for flying.
Staff Room
Theatre Baffin Hospital
Doctors Diary 2008 Conclusion today
Comminuities in the North health SurveyHighlights 2006 APS in Inuit Health and Social Conditions
Half of Inuit adults aged 15 and over (50%) stated that their health was excellent or very good, down from 56% in 2001.

Inuit adults were less likely (56%) than those in the total Canadian population (79%) to have contact with a medical doctor like a family doctor or specialist.

The most commonly reported diagnosed chronic conditions among Inuit adults were arthritis/ rheumatism (13%) and high blood pressure (12%). For Inuit children aged 6 to 14, they were ear infections (15%), allergies (10%) and asthma (7%).

In 2006, the percentage of Inuit smoking daily (58%) was over three times that of all adults in Canada (17%).

Just over six in 10 Inuit children aged 6 to 14 were reported to have received dental treatment in them previous year.

Growing numbers of Inuit are moving on to post-secondary studies but many do not finish elementary/
high school. About one quarter of Inuit women said they did not finish because of pregnancy or looking after children. Main reasons given by Inuit men included wanting to work (18%), boredom (18%) andhaving to work (14%).

Over half of Inuit children (aged 6 to 14) had attended an early childhood development program. Of these, 59% attended a program designed specifically for Aboriginal children.

Three in 10 Inuit children aged 6 to 14 were reported by their parents to have experienced being hungry at some point in their lives because the family had run out of food or money to buy food.

In Inuit Nunaat, the Inuit homeland, the majority of Inuit men and women of all ages had harvested country food – that is, food from the land and sea such as seal, caribou, fish, whale, etc.

Country food makes up a large percentage of the fish and meat eaten by many Inuit families across Inuit Nunaat and is widely shared with others in the community

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Aboriginal Peoples Survey, 2006:
Inuit Health and Social Conditions
by Heather Tait
Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division
Jean Talon Building, 7th Floor, 170 Tunney's Pasture Driveway

University of Manitoba
Communities in the North Health Survey

Up to date Nutrition Survey

Cancer Research among Inuit Population Ref: (Int J Circumpolar Health 2008; 67(5):408-420)

Cancer in general is increasing among Inuit, in all regions, and among both men and women. Inuit continue to be at extreme high risk, relative to non-Inuit and to comparisons of global populations, for the historically recognized so-called traditional cancers (such as cancer of the nasopharynx and salivary glands). Among the so-called modern cancers prevalent in developed societies, lung cancer is rapidly increasing in incidence (especially in Canada), such that the rate in both Inuit men and women is the highest in the world; other cancers, such as colorectal cancer, are also on the rise (especially in Alaska), while breast and prostate cancer remain low relative to the non-Inuit population. The decline in cervical cancer is a positive development; in the 3 regions, the rate in Greenland is the highest.

Data such as these can form the basis of interventions directed towards known risk factors such as smoking, diet, obesity, viral and bacterial infections, and low screening prevalence. Cancer surveillance is a basic task of the public health system; in the Arctic, it is particularly important as Inuit continue to undergo further changes in their life-styles and social environments.