Friday, 01 January 2021
Bloemfontein: A bouyant Free State MEC for Health, Montseng Tsiu has recorded a significant reduction in Trauma cases on the roads and at Free State hospitals.
“It was a quiet and peaceful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We are usually up and about in the provinces 5 National key roads that connects the 6 surrounding provinces and the kingdom of Lesotho. As a province at the centre of the country we are usually at our busiest during these days and often experience fatal accidents, but this time around, it has been different.” said Tsiu.
The Free State EMS has been on the alert to respond to any Trauma cases since the launch of the joint operations campaign on 11 December 2020 at Bloemfontein Shell Ultra City Pitstop on the N1 with SAPS, Provincial Traffic, Private EMS, Fire Services, Disaster Management Operations and Road Traffic Management Corporation.
During this campaign launch which also commemorated 20 years of Road Health and Safety Campaign, Tsiu appealed to the road users to be extra alert and contribute to road health and safety by not only focusing on the road worthiness of the vehicle but also focusing on the fitness of the driver and passengers by ensuring that they take their medication on time and prepare their long journeys well to ensure an incident free festive season.
Some people do not take their chronic medication and become sick whilst they are behind the wheel and there are many health related road accidents, Tsiu highlighted.
Tsiu has noted that the Free State has been relatively quite in terms of trauma cases. However, the province is seeing an increase in medical cases which is due to the Covid-19 infections.
Accidents attended on the 31 December 2020 were 14 with no fatalities. By comparison, on 31 December 2019 there were 19 accidents with 3 fatalities.
On the 01 January 2021 New Year’s Day there were 11 accidents with no fatalities whilst on 1 January 2020, there were 9 accidents and no fatalities.
“One death is one too many and the fact that we had none is reason to celebrate. Those who die are often bread winners in the families who possess critical skills in our economy and social role models who contribute to social cohesion a d nation building. When they die in accidents, we do not only loose an individual but we mourn a devastating effect that single death may have across a wide spectrum of life,” said Tsiu.
“I wish everyone a safer holiday experience under this “new normal” where we must take extra care of our health and of those surrounding us. We must always make sure that we practice physical and social distancing together with using masks when in contact with other people beyond our household, frequently wash hands and hand sanitize with alcohol based medium, practice cough and sneeze etiquette,”
“Avoid unnecessary travel and visits. Do not risk by having parties even in places where you think no one will discover you and your friends. Seek early medical attention when you are not feeling well.” concluded Tsiu.