The emergency medical service Gauteng (EMS) launched a new fleet of ambulances on Wednesday as part of its preparation program for the Christmas season and in response to the fourth wave of Covid-19.
“These ambulances will will be deployed throughout the province during the festive season, a time marked by a high need for emergency services, “said the provincial health department.
Of the 220 ambulances, 200 are for intermediate care (ILS) and 20 for the intensive care unit (ICU).
“The recapitalization of the ambulance fleet has been extended to 2023 in line with Gauteng’s ever-growing population and will enable Gauteng EMS to respond appropriately to emergencies,” the department said. < / p>
The Gauteng emergency service routinely receives an average of 47,916 and 47,657 calls in November and December.
Most of the cases during this period are motor vehicle accidents, assaults and gunshots lately.
“The new fleet of ambulances will ensure that the districts are better equipped as part of ongoing efforts to improve overall service delivery, increase operational efficiency, streamline services and create a seamless medical emergency service in Gauteng.
“For the past three months, Gauteng Rescue Service has had its employees, with more than 160 rescue workers recruited in various categories, including basic life support, medium life support and advanced life support.”
“The unveiling of this new fleet is proof of our commitment, Gauteng has a rescue service that is fully capable of responding to emergencies. We have already started a recruiting process to make sure we have enough people to manage these cars, “said the health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi.
They urged the public to work closely with the emergency services and stop the attacks on ambulances and employees.
“At the start of the holidays, we urge people to be careful on the streets not to drink, drive and take breaks when they travel long distances “We are still in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, so urge the public to continue to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical preventive measures,” she said.