Omaheke gets new ambulances

07 Nov 2014 11:10am
GOBABIS, 07 NOV (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) in the Omaheke Region received two new ambulances from head office on Thursday.
The fully-equipped ambulances were brought from Windhoek this week, and will be used by the Omaheke Region’s Health Directorate to prevent the loss of life, especially from road accidents.
This is in line with the ministry's preparations for the festive season as road accidents often peak during this time of the year.
The Director of Health in the Omaheke Region, Christencia Thathaone handed-over the two Land Cruiser pick-ups - which have been fully-converted to ambulances - to representatives of the Gobabis District Hospital and the Otjinene clinic.
They will be used to serve the communities from these two health institutions.
Thathaone thus urged the drivers and medical staff to take good care of the vehicles, adding that the new ambulances will be able to reach far-lying areas which were often inaccessible due to the need for strong off-road vehicles.
“We will now be able to reach out even further into the Omaheke Region with these new ambulances.
Also, since our fleet has been extended, the distances travelled by ambulances as well as response times will be drastically reduced,” she enthused.
The Health ministry’s officials here previously had to rely on the use of normal pick-ups as ambulances.
The vehicles were bought and converted to ambulances at a cost of N.dollars 1.2 million.