Government programs and plans to lower the risk of TB
As per the First Nations Health Authority (n. d.), they supported methods that can help alter the prevalence of TB like lowering the risk of TB disease by culturally informed and community-driven measures in First Nations societies and ensuring comprehensive screening, diagnosis and testing of TB illness to minimize the transmission process. This means that, the organization is doing something that can improve the life of an individual affected by this illness. Moreover, encourage holistic therapy through community involvement, along with home health care, traditional medicine inclusion, social, spiritual and physical health. Developing community ability, empathy and commitment via practice and support of Wellness Champions: community members who provide assistance, education and sharing of stories to people impacted by TB and their societies (FNHA, n. d.). With regards to this, Aboriginal people do believe in a holistic approach of treatment as well as their traditional way of healing and due to these objectives, it will provide them more awareness and understanding on how to prevent and control TB. Also, cooperate on community-level TB disease treatment and prevention with First Nations, provincial and federal government health, nursing and medical experts. Work with excellence by incorporating monitoring, information collection and assessment as well as community knowledge from First Nations and Aboriginal education program growth, execution and assessment (FNHA, n. d.). This goes to show that the government is willing to do something that can reduce the occurrence and incidence of TB not only to the Aboriginal people, but also to other non-Aboriginal people affected by this disease. In addition, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) continues to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis Aboriginal peoples and Northerners in their efforts to increase cultural well-being and economic stability; create safer, more stable societies (Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014, p. 7). These programs and projects entail income support and facilities for citizens of limited income, the provision of culturally suitable prevention and protective services to First Nations children (Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014, p. 8). In addition, Aboriginal people on-reserve populations will have access to safe and affordable housing (Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014, p. 8). Furthermore, a distinctive collaboration strategy that brings together all levels of government, urban Aboriginal communities and the private and non-profit sectors to recognize urban Aboriginal peoples’ needs (Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014, p. 8). This means that these projects focus on the improvement of the Indigenous population’s prevention and control of acquiring TB. These projects will definitely make a difference and it will help these people to have more possibilities and chance to take all the necessary support that will lead them to a better health care outcome.
Therefore, if the factors that contribute to the prevalence of TB will improve and manage, there will be a chance to lower the risk of Aboriginal people from acquiring this illness. The nursing implications and interventions will certainly guide these people to be more aware of TB and be more cautious to further prevent the incidence of getting and spreading TB. Lastly, with the support coming from the government and the programs created, time will come that the Aboriginal people’s rate for TB will reduce and they will gain more benefits and advantages to having better access in the health care system. As future psychiatric nurses, we played a vital role in the life of Aboriginal people as we will serve as their voices so that all the issues they are facing will be addressed and one of our goals is to provide a safe and secure environment free from any discrimination and judgment as well as maintaining a good quality of care.