Mbizo MP, Settlement Chikwinya (CCC), has urged the government to hasten the deployment of ambulances at toll gates to ensure that accident victims are ferried to hospitals quickly.
In May last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) donated 10 ambulances to the government for deployment to tollgates but the vehicles are nowhere to be seen.
In a statement, Chikwinya, who is the party’s transport and infrastructure parliamentary spokesperson, noted that victims of road traffic accidents continue to lose life with the government sitting on ambulances.
He urged Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is the Minister of Health and Childcare, to immediately release the ambulances so that they serve their purpose. Said Chikwinya:
Recently the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe donated four more ambulances for the same purposes as Zimbabwe intends to raise the figure of Ambulances to be stationed at toll gates to twenty but still, none of these has been deployed with no explanation from Chiwenga.
Ambulances at toll gates arrive much faster at accident scenes because they do not have to weave through the high traffic volume that characterises our city centres, especially during peak hours.
This service, if properly implemented, as per the recommendations of the World Health Organization will definitely save many lives and we call upon Hon Chiwenga the Minister of Health to immediately release the available Ambulances for work so that we minimise any further loss of life.