NGUNDU – Hundreds of people who are being killed in road traffic accidents in Zimbabwe every year are dying because they are failing to get help within an hour of the accidents.
The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Parirenyatwa said a critical component in surviving an accident is getting help within an hour of the mishap. He described the first hour of the accident as the golden hour.
He said in Zimbabwe hundreds of road accident victims were failing to get help within an hour while others remain trapped in the mangled wreckages for long hours. This has caused most of the deaths. Another reason why victims fail to get help is because hospitals have a critical shortage of ambulances.
Dr Parirenyatwa said this when he received a $70 000 highway ambulance from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development to patrol Masvingo – Beitbridge Highway where probably the highest number of road accidents are reported in Zimbabwe.
The ambulance was procured by CBZ Bank through its partnership with the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ).
The presentation was made at a colourful ceremony held at Ngundu Business Centre, one hundred kilometres away from Masvingo along the Masvingo – Beitbridge Road this week on Monday. The ambulance which will be based at Ngundu Clinic will patrol the highway.
Munesushe Munodawafa who is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport handed over the land cruiser ambulance.
"It is my pleasure to handover the ambulance to Dr Parirenyatwa and thank CBZ for supporting this endeavour and training 10 people including two doctors, three drivers and one administrator in a bid to promote the golden hour in people's lives," said Munodawafa.
"It is my privilege to receive this huge donation on behalf of my Ministry. I promise you that we will use the ambulance 24/7 to patrol from Beitbridge to Masvingo", said Parirenyatwa.
TSCZ managing director, Obio Chinyere also said the first ambulance under the project was given to Ngundu Clinic first because it is at the midpoint of the stretch of road where most accidents have been reported.
Never Nyemudzo CBZ group chief executive promised to donate ambulances to all provinces and urged those manning the ambulance to drive it safely.
Chivi District Administrator Hlavati gave a vote of thanks and assured the gathering that his department will also play a part in ensuring that the ambulance is put to good use.news