Just a day after his Department Budget's Vote presentation to the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, the MEC for Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, on Thursday 15 June 2017delivered on his promise of bringing 20 new emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles (ambulances) into service, whilst a remaining 18 vehicles are in the advanced stages of being converted into EMS vehicles.
“These vehicles will assist in our endeavour to render effective and efficient pre-hospital emergency medical services, including inter-hospital transfers and planned patient transport,” Mr Motlhaping said.
During the budget speech presentation on 14 June 2017, the MEC acknowledged that procurement challenges had reduced the operational ambulance fleet from 110 at the beginning of this year to just fewer than 70 now as a result of the high rate of maintenance ambulances required as they were going in for and coming out from repairs
The MEC also highlighted that the youth from the John Taolo Gaetsewe district will be trained as EMS control room staff to be absorbed in the department and placed in the control room for call taking and ambulance dispatching.
During the hand over ceremony,
MEC Motlhaping discouraged the abuse of ambulances within communities. He said “To you as medical practitioners, we are not here to hand over taxis, but ambulances that are meant to respond to cases of emergency and to save lives. These are not your personal vehicles, but state vehicles.
“I appeal to all that these fully equipped ambulances with their medical practitioners belong to the communities and in turn, it becomes the duty of the communities to protect them at all times,” the MEC said. NC Department of Health
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