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ambulanceCape Argus writes trauma experienced by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel attacked while on the job, is an indication of larger socio-economic challenges facing SA, according to Deputy Minister of Health Mathume Phaahla.  

He reported on Wednesday that 56 attacks has taken place on EMS members in the Western Cape this year, which had resulted in reduced ambulance services around the province.  Phaahla, who spoke at the CPUT EMS Safety Symposium, was joined by community members and safety experts, who helped unpack the scale of the problem to try to rectify issues going into the festive season.  He said attacks on EMS staff happened because respect for human life was lacking in society.  Phaahla spoke of a concept of “red zones”, or creating access-controlled zones, as a way of dealing with the scourge of ambulance attacks.  Other interventions implemented by the department included training neighbourhood watch members and CPF members to be first responders and provide critical care until ambulance staff were able to get to the scene.

  • Read Athina May’s full original report in this regard at Cape Argus
  • Read too, Fifty-six attacks on Western Cape EMS staff between January and October, at EWN

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