Late arrival of ambulance blamed

Ratlou Mabula
MARAPONG — On Wednesday 12 April, a 52 year old man was the victim of a hit and run in Marapong.
According to eye witnesses, a red VW of unknown model drove past them at a high speed around 19:30 and on looking back they saw a man writhing in pain on the road.
The driver did not stop and EMS was called immediately.
According to them the ambulance took more than 50 minutes to arrive at the scene, as they were all out, by which time the victim had succumbed to his injuries.
Limpopo Health Department Spokesperson Derick Kganyago said though he could not confirm the number of ambulances at Ellisras Hospital the department commits to buying new ambulances annually.
“We are guided by the district’s report as to how many hospitals lack ambulances, particularly per institution. Based on that analysis we focus on the hospitals in question and provide ambulances as soon as we have them.”
It has emerged that other factors like ambulances going for service and not enough personnel on duty are contributing to the delay of ambulances when they are most needed.
Meanwhile Lephalale Police appeal to anyone who might have information regarding the hit and run to come forward and contact them on 014 762 1020 or send an sms to 32211.

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