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Doctors raise alarm over aboriginal youth injury rates

Aboriginal children three to four times more likely to die from unintentional injury

 

Last updated 12/15/2012 at 4:50pm

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Whether it’s snowmobiling, frostbite or falls, Aboriginal youth injuries are on the rise.

IQALUIT, NVT—The Canadian Pediatric Society says more needs to be done to prevent injuries among aboriginal children and youth.

According to Health Canada statistics, aboriginal children are three to four times more likely to die from unintentional injury than other Canadians the same age.

“Indigenous children are dying at a disproportionate rate compared to other Canadians and a lot of these injuries are preventable,” said Dr. Anna Banerji of the Canadian Paediatric Society.

The society says the most common causes of death due to injury are fires and motor vehicle collisions in child...



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