The Democratic Alliance (DA) has known as into query a multi-million rand medical scooter mission launched by the Jap Cape Division of Well being, following admission by well being minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize that scooters don’t meet the fundamental Emergency Medical Companies (EMS) laws.
In June Dr Mkhize attended the launch of the scooter mission within the Jap Cape Division – aimed toward providing medical help in rural areas.
“These multi-purpose items are extraordinarily versatile and may transport sufferers or ship medicine in rural communities,” stated minister Mkhize on the time.
“They’ve off-road capabilities and are outfitted with waterproofing and drip stands.”
In a reply to a parliamentary query posed by the DA, on the suitability of the ‘scooter ambulances’ as a type of affected person transport, Dr Mkhize, stated that the mission didn’t meet the fundamental standards for affected person transport as an ambulance.
“The aim of this mission by ECDOH is principally for widening entry to major well being care and delivering of persistent drugs for probably the most distant areas of the Jap Cape Province,” he stated.
“The reply goes on additional to state that these R10 million glorified wheelbarrows which have been procured with public cash will solely be used to ship medicine in rural components of the Jap Cape,” stated the DA’s Siviwe Gwarube.
“That is in direct contradiction to what was stated when the initiative was launched on the 12th of June the place it was said by the Jap Cape Well being MEC, Sindiswa Gompa, that these have been meant to ferry sufferers from rural areas to the closest well being amenities.”
Requested whether or not his division was consulted earlier than the desired scooters have been procured; if that’s the case, what transient was given to the province on this regard?
Dr Mkhize stated: “The Nationwide Division of Well being was not consulted on specs earlier than procurement of the scooters.
“Nonetheless, the Province has been suggested that none of those scooters can be used as ambulances as a result of they don’t meet the particular necessities as offered for within the EMS Rules, equivalent to, minimal affected person compartment house and gear necessities.”
In keeping with the DA, the Bid Adjudication Committee within the Jap Cape dedicated to research the awarding of the tender to the provider of those scooters.
That is along with the investigation the DA has requested for from the South African Human Rights Fee (SAHRC) to look into the rights of sufferers who must be subjected to this inhumane transport, it stated.
The DA stated it’s going to submit this response from the minister to the SAHRC as supplementary proof within the investigation they’ve dedicated to doing.
“If the NDOH now backtracks from the preliminary purported operate of the scooters which Minister Mkhize personally endorsed, it begs the query why R10 million is being spent of a persistent medicine distribution system,” stated Gwarube.
“What’s the level of the primary assist gear, drip stands and the stretcher connected to the scooter?”
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