Harare Mayor, Mr. Muchadei Masunda confirmed that the cityâ€™s emergency preparedness and response mechanism leaves a lot to be desired. He said a huge capital injection is required to revamp Harareâ€™s emergency preparedness.
â€œWe need to have a clear programme that will revamp the emergency services and it’s embarrassing that as a city we only have four ambulances whilst we have 50 health institutions,â€ said Mayor Masunda.
Experts say the failure by the City of Harare to acquire new ambulances is a case of misplaced priorities, arguing that even small private institutions are able to purchase ambulances.
Besides the depleted ambulance services, the City of Harareâ€™s fire brigade services are also down with four fire tenders out of the 57 operational, while some hydrants which have been vandalised are yet to be repaired.