The Ontario health ministry says the provincial government will ensure staffing levels are reinforced and additional resources made available at neonatal intensive care units (NICU) across the province following an “unusual surge” of sick and premature babies this summer.

“Hospitals have reported a unique increase in the volume of high acuity of patients at this time of year, and have reported that additional staff may be needed to respond to this increased volume,” the ministry said in a statement to Global News.

The health ministry said the situation “has not been previously encountered” and that their top priority is to make sure no babies in need of intensive neonatal care have to be transferred out of province or country.


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