Nova Scotia First Nations communities release bulletins on health issues

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SYDNEY, N.S. — First Nations in Cape Breton now have better access to data about how communities are faring health-wise and how that compares with the rest of Nova Scotia.

A series of health bulletins released Monday looks at how Cape Breton First Nations communities use health services, levels of chronic disease, the prevalence of cancer and information about mothers and babies.

The bulletins also include areas where they have been seeing some improvements.

Membertou Chief Terry Paul says he wants the reports to bring about change.

In Cape Breton First Nations communities, rates of chronic disease are much higher than in the rest of the province.

Paul said the information can help the bands develop more culturally sensitive health services.

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