Eastern Cape to continue using scooters

File: The province said it will continue to use the scooters to deliver healthcare to remote areas and the elderly.

File: The province said it will continue to use the scooters to deliver healthcare to remote areas and the elderly.

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EAST LONDON - The Eastern Cape health department has defended its decision to spend millions on the scooter project.

It has been criticised for the R10-million project employing the use of scooters to transport patients to hospitals

The province says it will continue to use the scooters to deliver healthcare to remote areas and the elderly.

READ: Mkhize: Eastern Cape scooter ambulances fail to meet standards

The department also disputed claims that its system has collapsed.

The province has the joint second-highest COVID-19 death toll with Gauteng.

More than 2,800 healthcare workers have contracted the virus.

READ: COVID-19 in SA: Eastern Cape hospitals nearly full 

Eastern Cape Health Superintendent-General Thobile Mbengashe said they are worried about any deaths or infections amongst healthcare workers.

"In general, healthcare workers' infections in the province is around 5 percent of the total number of cases that we have," he said.

"We have a number of deaths which is regrettable. In relation to what we really want to do is that we're actually providing personal protective equipment."

READ: EC Health responds to R10m scooter backlash

"We're also strengthening our infection control which is an ongoing process and trying to make sure that the Occupational and Health Safety in all our hospitals is practiced by everyone."

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