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MEC Madoda Sambatha must ensure North West ambulances arrive on time

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MEC Madoda Sambatha must ensure North West ambulances arrive on time
MEC Madoda Sambatha must ensure North West ambulances arrive on time
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“I think that my mother would’ve made it if it wasn’t for the slow response by the ambulance. These people need to know that they dealing with human lives, so a fast response matters,” - Unathi Seobi [1].

North West province is currently in critical need of ambulances. The province has 61 state-run ambulances [2], while the provincial department awaits 48 new ambulances that need to be registered by the department of community safety and transport management [1]. On top of the ambulance shortage, paramedics are using old ambulances, which means some residents have to wait hours for an ambulance during emergencies. Because of this, people like Unathi Seobi wonders if her mother may still be alive if the ambulance hadn't taken 8 hours to arrive [1]. 

Reports reveal that only 1,974 state-run ambulances in the whole of South Africa are operational [3]. While this issue affects the country as a whole, with each province facing ambulance shortages, the situation in North West has become extremely serious. 

We have to do something and demand North West MEC of Health Madoda Sambatha needs to declare this matter a crisis and make sure that the 48 ambulances awaiting registration, are registered. Even if you don’t live in the North West, community by community, province by province, we the people together must demand our health system works for all.

Dear Madoda Sambatha: North West Health Department MEC

We call on you to declare the ambulance shortage in North West a crisis and implement plans to make sure that enough ambulances are provided.

While the rest of South Africa is experiencing ambulance shortages, the North West province is in a dire state. Every year, there is a budget towards health services for every province - we need to see where that money goes.

Firstly, we want you to release a statement explaining why there have been delays with registering the 48 ambulances that are currently not operational [1] - put pressure on the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management to register those ambulances. Secondly, a specific date when those ambulances will be registered and operational. Third, release a statement explaining how you are planning on dealing with the ambulance shortage and when the North West will have enough ambulances and by when. Lastly, ensure that all operational ambulances are fully and properly equipped. 

This is a matter of life and death. No one deserves to die while waiting for an ambulance. People need to be prioritised, and this campaign aims to make sure that no one suffers from the unavailability of ambulances.

[1]  North West ambulance shortage is a matter of life and death, Health - E-News, Graeme Makam, 4 September 2019.

[2] Code Red: Why provinces are forced to outsource ambulance services, Nelisiwe Msomi, Bhekisisa, 11 December 2018

[3] North West ambulance shortage is a matter of life and death, Health - E-News, Graeme Makam, 4 September 2019.

 

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