WC Health ‘well prepared’ for the festive season

Holiday makers are expected to flock to the Western Cape over the next few weeks.

FILE: Muizenberg beach. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department is confident its emergency medical services (EMS) units are well prepared for the festive season.

Holiday makers are expected to flock to the province over the next few weeks.

The department says this period demands EMS reinforcements due to the high number of road crashes and fatalities.

Fatalities caused by car crashes, drownings at beaches, violence and injuries caused by alcohol abuse are some of the festive season risks identified by authorities.

The department's Colleen Smart says they've implemented a contingency plan to ensure medical staff are well equipped to deal with any emergency that arises.

Smart urges holiday makers and residents to exercise caution when using the roads, beaches and other tourist attractions during this period.

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