Mlangeni watched as his year-old son died
RAYMOND Sibiya will never forget the day he held his one-year-old son and watched him die while waiting for an ambulance.
Though the incident happened in 2005 at Emjindini Trust in Barberton, Mpumalanga, Sibiya still remembers it like it happened yesterday.
"I will never forget what happened to me. If the ambulance had arrived on time, my son would still be alive today," Sibiya says.
He says a local clinic (Renee Clinic) operates from at 8am to 4pm on Mondays. It opens at the same time on Fridays but closes at 1pm. It is also closed on weekends.
"Does that mean we must not fall sick on weekends and at night?" quips Sibiya.
Residents say ambulances do not go into their area because of the dirt roads.
There are also no streetlights.
Mpumalanga health department spokesman Dumisani Mlangeni says dirt roads should not be an excuse for ambulances not to go into the areas.
"The department will investigate," he says.
"We will have to look at the population and see if it meets the WHO (World Health Organisation) standards. We will look into why ambulances are not assisting people at night.
"Furthermore, we will meet the clinic's committee to establish the problems they are faced with and see how we respond to people's needs," Mlangeni says.