The Northern Cape MEC for Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, commended emergency medical services personnel for a job well done during the festive season in the province.
This comes after media reports surfaced in November last year stating that emergency medical practitioners in the province vowed not to work during the festive season due to non-payment of outstanding overtime allowance.
Lebogang Majaha, spokesperson for the MECs office, says a commitment was made by Motlhaping at the time to meet with the entire Emergency Medical Services (EMS) management team to find amicable solutions to all challenges and to further discuss plans for festive season operations.
“During the festive period, our emergency medical services had put more focus on the national and major roads in and across the borders of the province, especially during peak periods.
“Satellite points were established on these roads according to available resources at peak periods,” Majaha said.
Some of the routes that received special attention due to an increase in traffic during the festive period included the N12 (Kimberley to Warrenton), the N18 (Warrenton to Hartswater), the R31 (Kimberley to Kuruman), the N8 (Kimberley to Petrusburg) and the N8 (Kimberley to Upington).
As part of ensuring the smooth running of the plan without any hiccups, all districts were assigned to develop their festive season contingency plans and to report all major incidents to the EMS Provincial Command Structure for noting and intervention as and when it is required.
“Over the festive period from 1 December 2016 to 10 January 2017, a total of 8 623 cases were reported and attended to by emergency medical practitioners across the province.
“Among those were 135 motor vehicle accidents, 2 131 cases of trauma, 6 351 medical and 6 fire incidents.”
Motlhaping also commended the entire EMS team for always adhering to the national standard for responding to emergency calls within 15 minutes in an urban environment and within 40 minutes in a rural environment.