DA tables motion to address ambulance shortfall

Celeste Barker (MPL)

Shadow MEC for Health

The DA tabled a motion in the Eastern Cape Legislature in Bhisho today to address the shortfall of 234 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) vehicles in the province.

We raised this motion with deep compassion and concern for the health and survival of patients dependent on statement EMS vehicles.

As Shadow MEC for Health in the Eastern Cape, I receive a steady flow of appeals for help because of a spectacular lack of competent EMS in both the rural and urban areas of our beloved province.

The number of appeals is undiminished despite a mid-year distribution of a small flee t of new EMS vehicles.

The DA therefore calls on the MEC for Health, Dr. Phumza Dyantyi to prioritise fund raising from Treasury to procure more ambulances and address the sever provincial shortfall of 234 EMS vehicles.

If people in deep rural areas are to trust the Department of Health and have confidence in its service, then procurement specs should include 4×4 ambulances that can traverse rough terrain to save the lives of our villagers.

Our Oath of Office and the South African Constitution require not less than this from those of us whose job it is to serve the public.