New emergency number soon

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - Health minister Zweli Mkhize announced the implementation of a new three-digit number which will replace the emergency number 10177.

Mkhize was speaking at the official launch of the national Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Day, which will now be held every year on 17 October to celebrate and honour the medical staff who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives. 

During his speech in Durban, Mkhize said the number “112” will soon replace the current EMS number 10177.

“In October 2014, the National Health Council resolved to implement a three-digit emergency access number as provided in the NHI White Paper and World Health Assembly resolution which clearly states the necessity for a three-digit emergency number 112.”

Mkhize said the 112 number would act as a filter for emergency organisations, screening calls and routing only emergency-related calls to specific organisations such as the police, EMS or fire brigade.

He said the 10177 number currently being used by EMS would be phased out and emphasised that the 112 number would be much easier to teach to children.

He appealed to the public to give as much information as possible when calling the new emergency number, including your telephone number, address of patients and a brief description of what is wrong with the patient.