Prof. Lee A. Wallis – President IFEM at the Emergency Care Symposium 2017 (#ECSKenya2017)

Prof. Lee A. Wallis, President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, presents the keynote address at the Emergency Care Symposium at Safari Park

“We don’t expect that every patient who needs emergency care will be seen by Emergency physician specialists…. they are not the solution to the emergency care problem…. the system is completely dependent on community-based first aid responders, clinics and low-level hospitals like district hospitals, nurses, clinical officers mid-level workers and generalist doctors who go from seeing emergencies with no training to dealing with emergencies properly trained. That is the transition we need to make”

“Our job is to save lives. It is therefore important to provide quality emergency care to all. Emergency care systems are the bedrock of good healthcare. For instance, if there was better emergency care at the scenes of traffic accidents, we could potentially save five hundred thousand lives in Africa annually.”

Ministry takes measures to strengthen emergency medical care

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, 29 June 2017 –  The Ministry of Health is developing a policy to make emergency medical care an integral component of the health care system.

The Kenya Policy on Emergency Medical Care which is in the final stage of development will coordinate all emergency medical service providers and create an authority to regulate emergency medical care.

 

Emergency medical care shouldn’t be a preserve of the rich

 

Access to emergency medical care should not be for the privileged few who can afford private evacuation by road, sea or air. It should be available to all. A robust medical emergency response service should be a priority for our Ministry of Health. All our medical facilities must have the necessary infrastructure to support emergency care and we must train and continuously impart skills to our emergency medicine specialists of every cadre, to run these emergency rooms.

 

Luca Saraceno tells how doctor wife died on Westlands road as crowd stared

 

I wish that one day I may see many public ambulances running through the streets of Nairobi rescuing its citizens in need of urgent care, I wish I may be finally sure that quality basic and referral health services are provided to all citizens, regardless of their census and status and in a way that truly prevents death and suffering. On that day, hopefully not too far, I will hold my daughter’s hand and I will tell her: “Believe me, my daughter, your mum died like a hero. You need to know that your mum wished all of this, and you need to trust me when I say that she contributed as much as she could for this to happen, not only during in life but also through her death”.