Gauteng health department shaping up its ambulance fleet

2015-07-28 07:30
Gauteng ambulance. (File, Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Gauteng ambulance. (File, Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Gauteng Department of Health has procured 160 ambulances this financial year to add to its current fleet of 787, it said on Monday.

Sixty of the 160 ambulances would be dedicated to ferrying pregnant women to healthcare facilities, spokesperson Steve Mabona said.

Ambulances deemed not economical to repair are also being decommissioned and taken out of the system, he said.

A new system to track the ambulances would also be put in place to ensure that the vehicles were being used for the sole purposes of ferrying patients.

"...The department will install a software in the communication systems of both the provincial EMS command centre and the municipal EMS Command Centres (City of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni)," Mabona said.

The system would not only assist the department in monitoring the dispatched ambulances, assisting the rationalisation on resources, but it would also help officials track complaints and the corrective measures which would be taken when necessary.

"We call upon members of the public to assist us, and report abuse of our ambulances, to avoid prank calls, not to call an ambulance for transportation needs, and to prevent unnecessary accidents," Mabona said.

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