Ambulance calls crisis

HEALTH authorities in Free State might have to withdraw ambulances from rural areas in 2010 to service World Cup soccer matches.

HEALTH authorities in Free State might have to withdraw ambulances from rural areas in 2010 to service World Cup soccer matches.

This was revealed yesterday when health oversight committee member Susan Mnunzana asked the health department why it had taken an ambulance eight hours to respond to a call in Bloemfontein.

Department executive manager for strategic programmes Moeder Khokho said the province only had about 80 working ambulances and inadequate emergency staff. - Sapa

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