Mkhize: Eastern Cape scooter ambulances fail to meet standards

Scooters are now being used in the fight against COVID-19. This is an Eastern Cape initiative aimed at taking emergency services to rural areas and over poor roads - on two wheels. The province has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Eastern Cape scooter ambulances don't meet the basic criteria for transporting patients.

That's the admission of Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

The minister launched the project last month, saying the scooters would be used to transport patients or deliver medication in rural communities.

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But in a response to a DA Parliamentary question, Mkhize has now made a u-turn.

He now says the scooters don't meet Emergency Medical Service requirements.

Mkhize also says his department wasn't consulted on specifications before the scooters were procured.

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The Eastern Cape Health Department, which spent R10-million on the scooters, has now been told to stop using them as ambulances.

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