MONTREAL- Health officials in northern Quebec say they are taking steps to hire more nurses and Inuit staff after a coroner’s report released last month linked the deaths of 10 infants in the region to overcrowding. The regional health board said today that a recruitment drive is underway to hire more nurses to vaccinate children against disease and offer preventive services to the Inuit communities of Nunavik. The health agency says it is also trying to hire Inuit staff who understand the needs of residents and who can speak Inuktitut. In her report, Quebec coroner Genevieve Theriault called on the provincial and federal governments to invest the necessary resources to quickly offer safe social housing to families in the northern region of Quebec. Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada said
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