The Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Cold Lake is calling on Canada’s Health Minister to better support those with Cystic Fibrosis.
David Yurdiga and Green Party MP Elizabeth May are sending a letter to Patty Hajdu in hopes of getting Trikafta available across the country to help those with the genetic disorder.
CF mainly affects the lungs making those who have it more prone to lung infections.
Trikafta has been known to improve the health of 90 per cent of those with CF who use it with the drug currently being fast tracked in the United States and United Kingdom.
“When it comes to life-saving drug access, this government is more focused on putting safe injection sites in prisons rather than saving the lives of cystic fibrosis patients,” said Yurdiga, in a statement.
Several people in Fort McMurray have CF including multiple children.
These individuals are currently at a higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic as the virus is known to attack the person’s respiratory system.
“Over 4,000 Canadians currently live with cystic fibrosis. The Minister of Health does not care about their quality of life,” added Yurdiga.
Their hope is Minister Hajdu will be able to get Trikafta approved as fast as possible.