Langa Bodlani (MPL)
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health:
The critical condition of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) based at the Alldays Clinic near Bochum, recently uncovered by the DA, must be urgently remedied by the Limpopo Health Department.
I will write to the chairperson of the Health portfolio committee, Mr. Goodman Miteleni, to summons Health MEC Mr. Kgetjepe to table a plan to improve the state of affairs of the EMS in the province.
At Alldays Clinic the DA found that all EMS Officers stationed at the Clinic are forced to use a one room office and their Emergency Response Vehicle is not roadworthy.
To make matters worse, the team does not have sufficient lifesaving equipment:
- They have to borrow an emergency response vehicle from another health centre,
- They have ageing life support equipment (click here),
- They use their own cell phones as the only official communication,
- They must buy their own uniforms, and
- There is no store room to store sensitive equipment such (click here) as oxygen cylinders.
This situation places the lives of patients at direct risk. EMS services should be saving lives, not risking lives.
MEC Kgetjepe must commit to the Portfolio Committee on the steps he is going to take to urgently improve EMS.
The DA will continue to monitor this situation until all EMS stations are fully functional and readily available when needed for emergencies.