On behalf of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, I want to offer our condolences to the family members, the Humboldt Broncos, City of Humboldt, and all of those who have lost a loved one in the tragic bus accident that occurred last night. We are also thinking of those injured in the accident and the family members supporting them. Our thoughts are with them in this difficult time.
I also want to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of the first responders, physicians, nurses, clerks, administrative staff, security and all other health providers that pulled together to respond to this situation.
Many physicians and staff members were called away from their families and friends to deal with the significant number of patients, many with very serious injuries. They, along with other emergency services including police, fire departments and STARS, came together as one single team to provide care and comfort to those affected by this terrible event. I commend all involved for their quick and selfless actions.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority has sent counsellors to various affected sites to provide support. We will continue to work with community leaders and community partners to determine what resources are required for grief counselling. This includes extending mental health supports to the first responders who were on site for the accident.
We are not able to provide any details on the status of the individuals who are currently in hospital. Our first priority is to ensure that family members, especially those who may be travelling today, are updated on the condition of their family members in hospital. We ask that media and the general public respect their right to privacy.
Thanks again to all those who are working so hard to serve patients and families as part of the response to this incident. Please keep those affected by this terrible tragedy in your thoughts as we work to support them as best we can.
Scott LivingstoneCEO Saskatchewan Health Authority