Eastern Cape Health MEC unveils Covid-19 scooters to mixed reactions

Eastern Cape Health MEC unveils Covid-19 scooters to mixed reactions

- Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba unveiled 100 new scooters

- They are to be used as specialised ambulances to transport Covid-19 patients

- The MEC has been blasted for wasting money

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Briefly.co.za News on your News Feed!

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba unveiled 100 new scooters to be used to transport Covid-19 patients.

Briefly.co.za learned that the province has the second-highest number of deaths in the country.

“These are not your ordinary scooters. They are specialised and have beds. We are introducing the use of scooters because for far too long we have had how our ambulances could not get to people in far-flung rural areas."
“Ours is a rural province and because of its terrain, we sometimes could not get to people who desperately need medical attention, especially when it rains. “Not anymore. That will now be a thing of the past. With these scooters, we will be able to get to some of the most remote areas. We are ensuring that people in hinterlands also get an effective and efficient health care service,” said Gomba.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was not impressed with the new scooters according to IOL.

“So instead of building roads in the Eastern Cape to access all villages and households, you went to buy scooter ambulances? Pathetic government of ANC is truly beyond repair.... Mxm” - he said in a tweet.

READ ALSO: Zakes Bantwini sets the record straight regarding DJ Black Coffee beef

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy President David Mabuza has said that if the academic year is to be saved, schools will have to remain open.

Briefly.co.za learned that this is despite almost a hundred teachers and 1787 pupils testing positive for Covid-19 in the past 48 hours, including the deaths of two teachers.

He told teachers and pupils to stay in school while on a visit to the North West according to IOL.

“Your classmates are coming back. What must happen now is that we must learn to live with the virus."
“The school is prepared so that we avoid some of you becoming infected. I am happy that you have saved the academic year. In three or four months, you will be sitting for your exams.”

Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!

Source: Briefly.co.za

Online view pixel