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More Cape Town paramedic attacks, health dept at wits end

10 January 2017 8:13 AM
Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says the department is trying everything to ensure safety of paramedics and is working with police.

Western Cape Health MEC, Nomafrench Mbombo, says the health department has tried everything in its power to equip their emergency health workers with anti-hijack training.

It is collaborating with police and community forums, but still, these hijackings continue.

In the latest incident, two members of Melomed24 paramedic crew were ambushed and attacked in Silvertown, Athlone on Friday.

Mbombo says these incidents take place in areas where the services are most needed. She says in December an ambulance was hijacked in Khayelitsha while attending to an emergency.

These incidents are impacting on ordinary people. The ambulance might be going there to fetch a pregnant woman or an old gogo who is sick.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Minister of Health

Mbombo says they currently don't allow the health emergency workers to go into areas labeled as red zones without a police escort.

If there's an indication that there might be an attack, we tell them that they shouldn't go to the area even if it's not red zoned.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Minister of Health

To hear more on how the health department is dealing with attacks on paramedics, listen below:


10 January 2017 8:13 AM

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