Attacks on EMS staff hinder service delivery - Papu

Officials say attacks on EMS personnel hinders the delivery of emergency healthcare to patients.

FILE: An EMS paramedic responds to a call. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Twenty-two Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff members are currently on sick leave due to trauma suffered after being attacked while attending to patients.

Addressing Kalksteenfontein residents earlier this week, officials called for communities to assist authorities in curbing this debilitating trend.

Since 2012, more than 200 attacks on EMS staff members have been reported.

Officials say attacks on EMS personnel hinders the delivery of emergency healthcare to patients.

Kalksteenfontein, Nyanga and Tafelsig are among the communities listed on the service's red zone list - which means emergency personnel have to be escorted by police.

Provincial emergency services manager Pumzile Papu says many hours of service delivery have been lost in 2016 because of the attacks.

“You must remember we are being attacked in areas where we are needed most.”

During the community engagement, residents have pledged their support to ensure the safety of EMS staff.

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