The introduction of EMS scooters by the Eastern Cape provincial government is a bad idea and is just a waste of tax-payers’ hard-earned money.
It is doubtful that these scooters can properly manoeuvre rough roads and inaccessible areas, especially during adverse weather.
In addition, these bikers, who are to assist in checking temperatures or sugar levels for chronic patients at home, would not necessarily be healthcare practitioners. These tasks cannot be performed by a layperson.
The United Democratic Movement is astonished by part of Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba’s reasoning behind the introduction of such a mode of emergency transport, which is to curb the influx of patients to clinics and healthcare facilities.
The Eastern Cape government should have rather employed enough nurses and doctors at key clinics which would result in a reduction of waiting periods for patients and fewer referrals to hospitals.
The big question that must be asked of the Eastern Cape government, since it claims to be the people’s government, is why it did not consult with the public on the practicality of this so-called solution. This is a joke and an insult to the people of Eastern Cape.
Contact: Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General