Statistics provided by the Department of Health have revealed that less then half of the required ambulances will be on the road this festive season.
Centre for health journalism Bhekisisa showed how figures from the Health Department revealed a shocking lack of ambulances in the country.
This sentiment was mirrored in a report from the Treatment Action Campaign earlier this year. The report named a shortage of ambulance’s as well as EMS (emergency medical services) personnel were major issues an all the provinces that had taken part in the survey.
Bhekisisa responded to this by requesting the latest EMS vehicle and staff numbers from all 9 provinces. Gauteng and the Western Cape were among the 5 health departments who had responded with the remainder of the figures provided by the national health department.
By the Health Department’s own standards at least 5700 ambulances should be active nationally but a dismal 1971 state ambulances are currently in operation. The figures obtained by the organisation show that South Africa has only one-third of the required emergency vehicles.
According to the statistics almost half of the provinces had cited emergency personeel shortages as a major hurdle for service delivery.
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