By Langa Bodlani (MPL), DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health:
The reported hit and run incident which occurred recently on the clinic doorstep of Ha Mashao village outside Makhado and the ambulance taking more than three hours to arrive confirms the deplorable state of our EMS in the province. As a result of this delay, the victim later died.
According to the media reports, the late David Mashaba was hit by a speeding car at the clinic’s gate but he did not get any medical attention from the same clinic due to shortage of ambulances.
The DA extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mashaba. We further urge MEC for Health ,Dr Phophi Ramathuba to investigate this scandalous matter immediately.
All patients from this village and the surrounding areas are forced to use their last money to hire transport to take their patients to the nearest hospital which is 60 km away.
The EMS has been a thorny issue at the Portfolio Committee of health and it does not look like the department has a turnaround strategy to deal with this.
We have noted that there are many incidents across the province where many people have lost their lives due to shortage of ambulances but the department fails to address the crisis.
The DA cannot allow our citizens, including those in remote areas, to continue to suffer. The right to life is enshrined in our Constitution and we will be unswerving in our fight to preserve this right.
The DA will be seeking an urgent meeting with MEC Dr Ramathuba to establish the reasons why this bad state of EMS persists in the province notwithstanding the undertaking earlier this year by Premier Mathabatha and the former Health MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe, that a new fleet of ambulances has been procured for the province.