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2017-06-21 06:01
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.Photo: Supplied

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.Photo: Supplied

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At least 20 new ambulances were delivered into service by the MEC for Health in the Northern Cape, Lebogang Motlhaping on Thursday(15/06).

According to the department, the remaining 18 vehicles are still in the advanced stage of being converted into EMS vehicles.

These vehicles are expected to assist in the department’s endeavour to render effective and efficient pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services including inter-hospital transfers and Planned Patient Transport.

The handover comes just a day after the department of Health’s Budget presentation by MEC Lebogang Motlhaping.

During the budget speech presentation, the MEC acknowledged that procurement challenges reduced the operational ambulance fleet from 110 at the beginning of this year to just fewer than 70 now.

This number is, according to Motlhaping, a bit of a moving target, as a result of ambulances coming out of repairs on a daily basis, whilst others get damaged and need to go in for maintenance at almost the same rate.

The MEC also highlighted that the youth from John Taolo Gaetsewe District will be trained as EMS control Room staff and be absorbed in the department and placed in the control room for call taking and ambulance dispatching.

During the handover ceremony, MEC Motlhaping discouraged the abuse of ambulances communities.

He said: “to you as medical practitioners, we are not here to hand over taxi’s – but ambulances that are meant to respond to cases of emergency and saving lives.

“This is not your personal vehicle but a state vehicle. I appeal to that this fully equipped ambulances with its medical practitioners belong to communities and in turn, it becomes the duties of communities to protect you at all times.” Motlhaping warned.

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