DA Mpumalanga welcomes the handing over of ambulances to the Health Department

By Jane Sithole MPL, DA Spokesperson on Health:

The following motion without notice was delivered today by DA Spokesperson on Health, Jane Sithole MPL, during a sitting on questions for oral reply to the MEC’s at Ehlanzeni District Council Chambers.

Honourable Speaker.

I rise to move a motion without notice on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, noting that:

Putco Foundation will officially hand over three state-of-the-art ambulances worth over R2 million to the Mpumalanga Department of Health on Friday 13 November 2015, at Tweefontein Emergency Management Services center in Thembisile Hani Municipality.

Hon. Speaker, there is no doubt that this move by Putco Foundation will significantly reduce response times to distressed calls, especially around Thembisile Hani and Dr. JS Moroka Municipalities.

Further noting Hon. Speaker that in his state of the province address this year, the Hon. Premier said:

“We focus on the appointment and retention of suitable qualified and experienced health professionals”. The Premier may not be in this house today, but we haven’t forgotten about the promises he made to the people of Mpumalanga.

Chronic staff shortages continues to haunt the Department of Health to this day.

I move that this house:

Welcomes the move by Putco Foundation to hand over the three state of the art ambulances to the Mpumalanga Health Department.

I further move that this house compels Health MEC Hon. Gillion Mashego to ensure that these ambulances does not gather dust in the hospital basement parking due to chronic staff shortages that are currently faced by his department.

I further move that MEC Mashego treats staff shortages in his department as a matter of urgency to allow the people of Thembisile Hani and Dr. JS Moroka the full benefits from this generous move by Putco Foundation or the Hon. MEC must do the honorable thing and step down.

I so move.