WC Health Dept and CoCT launch initiative to keep paramedics safe

MEC for Health in the Western Cape Nomafrench Mbombo says they are saddened by the death of aneight-year-old boy who died when the ambulance he was in was ambushed on its way to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Mbombo commended the Emergency Medical Services workers who are still committed to saving lives even when they get attacked on daily basis.

She says it is concerning that the paramedics are no longer attacked, in what the SAPS had classified as Red Zones.

In partnership with the City of Cape Town and SAPS, government has set up a Transport Management Centre where the movements of the paramedics will be monitored.

Read: Paramedics tried to save boy's life even after ambulance ambushed

There are cameras and they've got high tech systems where they will be able to see what is happening.

Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health in the Western Cape

We have invested resources so that we are part of this provincial joint programme.

Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health in the Western Cape

Mbombo says the high tech systems and the information they receive is helpful in being aware of dangers in some areas before the call is response occurs

She says the EMS is then able to know if there is shooting in a certain area, and when an ambulance is summoned, the paramedics are well prepared with the help of SAPS.

To hear more from MEC Mbombo on the safety of paramedics, listen below:


This article first appeared on 702 : WC Health Dept and CoCT launch initiative to keep paramedics safe


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Zille explains five ways the army's intervention could help fight Cape crime

Zille explains five ways the army's intervention could help fight Cape crime

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says deploying the SANDF would provide short-term levels of stability in gang-ridden areas.

CT boy (8) dies after paramedics ambushed en route to hospital

CT boy (8) dies after paramedics ambushed en route to hospital

Paramedics were en route to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital when the incident occurred.

eThekwini mayor visits flood-stricken areas in KZN

eThekwini mayor visits flood-stricken areas in KZN

7 people died due to flash floods or structural collapses caused by heavy downpours on Tuesday and search for a toddler continues.

[PICS AND VIDEOS] Heavy storms hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal

[PICS AND VIDEOS] Heavy storms hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal

Durban has come to a standstill due to heavy rains and winds that wreaked havoc in the city centre on Tuesday.

Disaster management assesses damage caused by massive Gauteng hail storm

Disaster management assesses damage caused by massive Gauteng hail storm

Disaster Management says they are assisting families affected by Monday's storm that wreaked havoc in Gauteng.

PICS and VIDEO: EMS urges motorists to avoid low lying bridges in Joburg storm

PICS and VIDEO: EMS urges motorists to avoid low lying bridges in Joburg storm

On Monday afternoon, Johannesburg was hit by a hail storm causing flooding in some parts of the city.

W Cape Health Dept working with communities to clamp down on EMS attacks

W Cape Health Dept working with communities to clamp down on EMS attacks

The Khayelitsha Magistrates Court handed down a 12-year prison sentence on Wednesday to the perpetrator of an EMS robbery.

Latest EMS ambush and attack a result of a fake emergency call

Latest EMS ambush and attack a result of a fake emergency call

Provincial Head of Emergency Medical Services, Doctor Shaheem De Vries, says the attacks are the most pressing issue for EMS.

[Listen] Stadium Management SA CEO's account of deadly FNB Stadium stampede

[Listen] Stadium Management SA CEO's account of deadly FNB Stadium stampede

CEO Jacques Grobbelaar outlines the steps taken in the Venue Operating Centre once the crowd of 350 broke through the gates.

Mother creates life saving bracelet after her child involved in accident

Mother creates life saving bracelet after her child involved in accident

Icelet is a simple bracelet, fitted with a QR code that contains all the important details useful to EMS workers in an emergency.

Popular articles
'The Suzuki Dzire is the perfect day-to-day runaround car' - Jacob Moshokoa

'The Suzuki Dzire is the perfect day-to-day runaround car' - Jacob Moshokoa

In the car feature, automotive journalist Jacob Moshokoa chats about his experience driving around with the Suzuki Dzire.

[LISTEN] Codeine addiction and abuse

[LISTEN] Codeine addiction and abuse

Member of the SASOP, Dr Eugene Allers chats about the causes behind addiction to over the counter medication.

Signs your jealousy may be getting unhealthy

Signs your jealousy may be getting unhealthy

Managing jealousy has become increasingly important, particularly with the evolving structure of modern relationships says Dr Eve.

Survivor winner Tom Swartz vows to buy his wife 'new boobies and a family house'

Survivor winner Tom Swartz vows to buy his wife 'new boobies and a family house'

Swartz says he would have done anything to get the R1 million prize money.

'There is no way Magnus Malan could've done the things he is accused of'

'There is no way Magnus Malan could've done the things he is accused of'

Former police minister Adriaan Vlok has rejected accusations that former minister Malan was at the centre of a paedophile ring.