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Paramedics get trauma counselling after attack in CT

A paramedic has been injured after they were attacked and hit by a projectile on Tuesday.

FILE: Attacks of EMS staff are a concern in the Western Cape. Dimitri Beukes drove the EMS ambulance just two weeks after being attacked in the community he serves. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Two paramedics are receiving trauma counselling after their ambulance was stoned in Nyanga.
A paramedic was injured in the attack on Tuesday. The woman was hit by a projectile.

Western Cape EMS spokesperson Robert Daniels says as a result of the incident, none of their vehicles will enter the Nyanga area without a police escort until later this morning.

“The two paramedics were removed from duty, received treatment and will receive counselling. A case has been opened with the South African Police Service. We appeal to members of the community to come forward with information on the perpetrators. The lives of our emergency medical personnel are on the line and they’re merely trying to provide a lifesaving treatment.”

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille last month urged the public to assist authorities in protecting paramedics.

The provincial government launched Operation Khuseleka, an initiative aimed at providing additional safety equipment and counselling to ambulance crews.

More than 200 attacks on EMS staff in the province have been reported since 2012.

On average, the Western Cape Health Department sees at least five attacks per month.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)