Medevac flights from Kitikmeot being diverted to Winnipeg
Ongoing N.W.T. fire situation putting strain on Edmonton health-care system, GN says
Medevac flights from Kitikmeot region are being diverted to Winnipeg rather than flying to Alberta due to wildfires in the Northwest Territories, the Department of Health announced Wednesday.
The fires have disrupted medevac schedules, which has led to reduced flight and seat availability, it said in a news release.
Fewer available flights, coupled with the strain put on the Edmonton health-care system as many N.W.T. residents were evacuated to Alberta, led to the decision to divert medevacs to Winnipeg.
Kitikmeot patients already scheduled for medical care in Edmonton will not see their appointments disrupted, the department said.
Because medical travellers are being given priority, other travellers to and from Kitikmeot could see their travel plans rescheduled.
“The Government of Nunavut continues to prioritize medical travellers with critical health-care needs, ensuring they receive timely access to care,” the release indicated.
“Limited seat availability also means only Nunavummiut in critical need of assistance will be accompanied by a medical escort.”
The government is working with airlines to find “alternative transportation options” to accommodate medical and non-medical travellers, according to the release.