The Department of Health recently added two new ambulances to its fleet courtesy of Anglo American Platinum. The donation is expected to benefit residents in the Greater Sekhukhune area.
The vehicles, an obstetric ambulance and a patient transport ambulance reportedly are anticipated to support the local municipality to fulfil its service delivery mandate to the community.
It was reported that Limpopo has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the country namely 185 deaths per 100 000 live births which is above the millennium development goal of 4/100 000 and the national average of 133/100 000.
A major contributor is that timely transportation of mothers requiring emergency care could not always be offered at primary care level, it was learnt. Similarly, generic emergency care vehicles are not adequately equipped to provide the right level of care en route to a health facility, it was learnt.
A statement released by the donor company informed that the Department of Health had implemented planned patient transport services to patients that cannot afford the cost of accessing care or attending higher level facilities on referral.
The donation from Anglo American Platinum would bolster the resources of the department to fund their fleet requirements in critical impact areas, the statement read.
Anglo American Platinum Head of Social Performance, Ted Muhajir was quoted to have said: “The development and health of the communities in which we operate are a priority for us and the donation of these ambulances will help with achieving both objectives.
We look forward to continuing to support this vital resource where possible.” Departmental spokesperson Neil Shikwambane indicated that the two vehicles were donated by Anglo America Platinum’s Twickenham Mine and officially presented to Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba by the its General Manager, Daan Breedt at Mecklenburg Hospital.
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