K Motors revives Mwanza Hospital ambulance

Karim and Simbi

K Motors has handed over a revived ambulance to Mwanza District Hospital at a cost of about K7 million.

Mansoor Karim, Chief Executive Officer for K Motors said the car was a non-runner when they took it.

He explained they have been reviving ambulances from different districts because they know what the hospitals go through in terms of transportation of patients from rural areas to the main hospitals.

"The more we have been to hospitals, the more we are understanding the challenges. For example there are several rural facilities here like Thambani, where the roads are not good.

Karim
Karim signs off paperwork pictures by Pemphero Musowa 

"Small problems become bigger for not getting to the hospital in time and people can lose their lives because of lack of transportation.

"Since we are in the business of repairing cars, we find it our responsibility to be finding those dead ambulances and reviving them, giving them back for free."

The ambulance
The revived ambulance 

Dr Samuel Simbi, the District Medical Officer said it is difficult to fund repairs of  vehicles. 

Dr. Simbi said: "The ambulatory service is a key component in the health service delivery as it links the primary and secondary services.

"The reviving is done by the government but the coming in of K Motors will go a long way in assisting us."

He disclosed they have four ambulances that are stationary and urged K Motors to consider reviving them as well.

Simbi
Simbi commended K Motors 

The Doctor said Mwanza has a challenge of terrain citing the farthest health centre is Thambani which is 25km, off-road and hard to reach.

"The way this vehicle has been refurbished, it will be able to handle the terrain and during this rainy season the road condition is terrible."

He said the vehicle, with the way four wheel drive system will access and be of assistance to the people of Mwanza.

Inspection of the four vehicle's
Inspection of the four vehicle's 

Simbi urged K Motors to extend the service to other hospitals.

He disclosed they have four ambulances that are stationary and urged K Motors to consider reviving them as well.