Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in the past has been showcasing the medical scooter ambulances bought for the COVID-19 pandemic and just recently has spoken in parliament to say they do not meet the minimum regulations for emergency medical services when transporting patients to hospitals.
In a statement, the minister described the scooters as being “inadequate for the transport of patients” and due to this they cannot be used, there has been a suggestion that they could be used in the future for medical supply deliveries in rural areas.
Mkhize went on further to confirm that the Eastern Cape has not consulted the National Department of Health (NDOH) in regards to the specifications of these vehicles. The province was instructed by the minister that the motorcyles will not be suitable to transport patients.
In retaliation the Eastern Capes MEC put forward a bold statement suggesting that apartheid is to blame for the “scandal”