Deputy Health Minister Dr Joseph Phaahla recently handed over two obstetric ambulances to the Hammanskraal community outside Pretoria. According to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, the ambulances designed to save the lives of mothers and babies join a fleet of just 20 for the province.
Phaahla handed over two obstetric ambulances donated by the Turkish government during a ceremony late last week at a Hammanskraal community health centre.
Equipped with specialised equipment such as incubators, the ambulances were in response to reports of preventable maternal death in the area, according to Phaahla.
“We believe that this contribution will lead to survival of woman and children during labour,” Phaahla told OurHealth.
Phaahla warned that the Department of Health will monitor the use of the two ambulances because he has noticed that ambulances nationwide often fall into disrepair due to a lack of maintenance.
Local Ward Councillor Jabu Sibaya thanked the Department of Health and the Turkish government on behalf of the community while Tshwane EMS worker Sipho Sithole said the ambulances would be put to good use.
“There will always be shortage of ambulances,” he said. “As we speak, we only have six obstetric ambulances in Tshwane while in Gauteng as a whole we have only 20.” – Health-e News.