The government is reportedly in the final stages of acquiring 100 ambulances in a bid to improve service delivery at public health institutions, the Chronicle reports
This was revealed by Mthuli Ncube yesterday while he was presenting the mid-term budget review statement when he lamented the delay and attributed it to a slow tender process:
I have noted the concerns from the local parliamentarians, (Nguluvhe and Maboyi). Let me also advise you that we are at the final stage of acquiring 100 ambulances. We should have done this last year but the tender process took longer than expected and was only finalised recently.
The idea is to deliver at least five or seven ambulances to each province with priority being areas like Beitbridge and Plumtree which handle a high volume of human traffic from Botswana and South Africa respectively.
Mthuli also said the government was prioritising health services delivery and went on to give permission to local authorities to use devolution funds to build schools and clinics as he said the government noted that there was a shortage of both.