The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (ANIHB) received a new 8-passenger vehicle this week, funded by Indigenous Services Canada. This passenger vehicle will be used to help efficiently transport patients to non-emergency, medically-necessary appointments. Non-emergency appointments are defined as clinics, ultrasound testing, x-rays, bloodwork, doctor’s visits or any medical or dental appointments.

The new passenger vehicle can accommodate six passengers, with two spots reserved for wheelchair clients. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the ANIHB will be limiting the number of passengers, but anticipates to be able to transport 4-6 patients at a time in the future. The Dodge ProMaster 8-passenger vehicle has been retrofitted with hygienic shields to comply with the Ministry of Transportation Guidelines. All of our medical transportation vehicles are supplied with sanitizers, cleaning supplies (spray/wipes), masks and gloves for the protection of our passengers and drivers. Cleanings are done throughout the day to ensure the safety of all passengers, and masks are to be worn at all times.

The anticipated benefits of the new vehicle include the ability to accommodate more passengers and patient escorts, and allows added space for specialized wheelchairs that are difficult to navigate in the smaller vans. The added space will create a safer, more comfortable experience for all of our clients who require wheelchair services, while also complying with social distancing protocols.

To access Medical Transportation services and scheduling, please contact the ANIHB Medical Transportation staff Josephine Herne or Jillian Roundpoint, at least 2 weeks in advance, by calling 613-575-2341 ext. 3343 or ext. 3352.