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Health dept alarmed by attacks on paramedics

The health department has strongly condemned the attacks on paramedics.

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CAPE TOWN - The Health Department said that was alarmed by attacks on paramedics in communities across the country.

Emergency Medical Services personnel on duty in Eisleben Road near Nyanga, were forced to flee after community members allegedly pelted their ambulance with stones and other objects at the weekend.

In Johannesburg, six paramedics were robbed at gunpoint while attending to a stabbing in Jeppestown, near the inner city.

The department's Joe Maila said that it was a nationwide phenomenon that it strongly condemned.

"We believe it's unacceptable that our personnel must be meeting crossfire for whatever reason."

Western Cape health department's, Luyanda Mfeka, said that the safety concerns of paramedics inevitably affect the service.

"This is a societal problem that requires everyone's intervention to deal with, the police and also communities."

Provincial health has allocated at least R185 million of its budget towards the protection of medical workers, patients and facilities.

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