WATCH: A team of Calgary doctors is stepping up to make sure refugee claimants have a healthy start in a new country. Reid Fiest has the story.
Going for a yearly check-up at the doctor’s office is something many Canadians take for granted. But for refugees, it may be one of the first times receiving quality medical care since fleeing in their home countries.
Dr. Annalee Coakley and 11 other doctors deliver it at the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic in Calgary, saying the need is great.
“They often come to Canada with complex medical problems,” Coakley told Global News.
With the help of translators, social workers and other staff, they are the first point of healthcare contact for hundreds of patients who are new to this country.
Many come from refugee camps, where the number of patients needing care is great.
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Coakley worked at the Kakuma camp in Kenya earlier this year, where about 40 refugees there end up coming to Calgary each year.