Road accidents strain health resources

By Drum Digital
02 March 2014

Gauteng Health MEC, Hope Papo, has called on communities to assist in reducing injuries caused by violence and road accidents as these put further strain on limited health resources.

Papo was addressing the media in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, where he also showcased the province's new fleet of state-of-the-art ambulances.  The Department procured 120 ambulances  which are equipped to deal with emergencies during pregnancy.

According to Papo the ambulances were deployed in December last year and they have responded to 1001 motor vehicle accidents over the festive season.

They have transported 9820 trauma patients to different health facilities.  Many of the patients, 2415, were victims of assault and had gunshot wounds or other injuries inflicted with weapons

"We can’t plan for somebody who will actually go drink himself to death, gets into a car and commit a horrible accident on the road, we can only plan a response on that. We can’t plan how many people are going to be affected on the road, it’s very difficult to do that. So called friends sitting around, they chop each other, shoot each other, stab one another and come to our facilities. In an event it happens we must have all the necessary equipment and medicines for that," says Papo.

- Source: SABC

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