French-speaking health care workers urged to register
Project designed to increase access to French services across P.E.I.
A campaign is underway on P.E.I. to encourage health care workers who speak French to register their names in a directory.
The P.E.I. French Health Network is running the project. It's designed to increase access to French services across the Island.
Patricia Richard, assistant director of the network in Wellington, said offering services in French is a way to make people feel more comfortable talking about their health.
“We do have a francophone population here in P.E.I. and often some of those people are more comfortable explaining the problems that they're having health-wise in their own mother language, especially in a crisis situation,” she said.
“If you have an acute attack of something it is a lot easier to say how you are feeling in your own language. That’s something that we are trying to encourage is for people that can provide these services in French, to be able to identify themselves.”
The directory already has over 100 entries.
An interactive map is also available on the network's website showing where French speaking health care professionals are working and what services they can provide.