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Limpopo procures more ambulances to improve response to emergency calls

By Maanda Mulaudzi

The Limpopo Province has embarked on a concerted effort to improve access to Emergency Medical Services, with the procurement of 50 ambulances in 2014/15. Premier Chupu Mathabatha announced  this on the occasion of the handing over of ambulances, on 10 December 2015 at Polokwane Hospital.


He said that these ambulances were all distributed and have increased the ambulance fleet to 456 ambulances.

For this Financial Year the provincial government committed itself to further expand the services, through the procurement of another 100 ambulances. In August the Limpopo government commissioned sixty (60)ambulances for service. These ambulances were distributed to all five districts in the province and improved the response time to emergency calls.

“Today we mark the 2nd commissioning of ambulances for the 2015/16 financial year. Of the 40 ambulances to be commissioned, 20 are earmarked as normal ambulances”.

“Over the next  four weeks our EMS will be on standby at 26 key points throughout the province. This service will be supported by the daylight air ambulance service”.

Apart from rendering an EMS service, reducing maternal and child mortality is also a priority in the country. The poor or Non Transportation of pregnant women was identified as one of the main factors to increased maternal deaths in the country”.he said.

Since 2011, the provincial government has taken the lead to implement Obstetric Ambulances throughout the province. The province took a decision to convert 20, out of the 100 ambulances. Six (6) of these ambulances had to be commissioned on the day of the handing over. The remaining of the obstetric ambulances would be commissioned in January 2016, they still need to be fitted with necessary incubators.