Providing 24/7 emergency care where no one else can
Emergency care has not typically been a priority for health systems in developing countries. With limited resources at their disposal, most governmental Ministries of Health focus only on treating the most pressing illnesses and providing primary care. However, each year millions of people in low-resource settings die from treatable acute illnesses, from road accidents to dehydration.
St. Boniface Hospital’s 24/7 emergency care center opened in March 2018 and has since seen more than 18,000 patient visits. The spacious 4,000-foot facility has 33 beds and 11 “fast-track” chairs for low-acuity cases, as well as a dedicated room for small procedures to take place in private. With a staff of 24 health professionals highly trained in emergency medicine, SBH’s Emergency Care Center is proving that urgent care is possible even in a low-resource setting.