DA oversight uncovers problems plaguing EMS

By Jacques Smalle (DA leader) and Langa Bodlani (MPL), DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health:

Today, the Democratic Alliance visited Polokwane based Limpopo Emergency Medical Services as part of oversight.

This visit comes after numerous concerns were received about the poor state of our EMS.

Among the challenges we uncovered the following:

  • Poor maintenance on the Jaws of life
  •             Inadequate up keep of Emergency Cardio Graph machines used to monitor the heart.
  • Poor standard of service of ventilators in the paramedic vehicle
  • Out of ten ambulances, only four met the required policy of 180 000km limit
  • No maintenance of life support equipment both in the ambulances and rescue vehicles
  • Cylinders inside the ambulance have no regulators to measure oxygen administered to patients
  • Paramedics still use their own cellphones for communication

These appalling conditions facing the  provincial EMS can be squarely placed at the door of the department, particularly for its poor financial and procurement management.

We challenge MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba to prioritize conducting an oversight to the station and implement immediate measures to rectify this situation.