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Cape Town fisherman rescued after suspected stroke

The Simon’s Town National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Tuesday rescued a fisherman believed to have had a stroke after receiving a request for medical assistance from a fishing trawler south of Cape Point in Cape Town. The NSRI duty crew was activated at around 08:00 by the Transnet National[…]

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Red zone status lifted in Muizenberg

The high-risk status in Muizenberg has been lifted on Monday. The Muizenberg area was declared a red zone area on Sunday after another brutal attack on Emergency Services Personnel. Two Cape Town paramedics are receiving counselling after they were attacked while responding to a call in Seawinds near Muizenberg on[…]

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‘Communities must help us protect EMS workers’

The high-risk dangers posed to emergency medical workers have been thrust back into the spotlight, with fears that the situation is now at crisis point. On Wednesday morning, a 7 year old boy died while enroute to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, after the ambulance he was travelling in was held[…]

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Our paramedics are suffering – Western Cape EMS

The two Cape Town paramedics who got caught in an attack on their police escort in Gugulethu this week, previously had guns pointed at them, an EMS spokesperson said on Friday. “They are not military trained, they are not security personnel, they are just medical health professionals,” Emergency Medical Services[…]

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CT motorcyclist killed in horrific accident

Social media users have expressed their shock and sadness following the death of 27-year-old Reyaad Arend, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. Arend, who had been travelling on his motorbike, was killed in a collision with a car, between Klipfontein and Kroomboom Road along the M5 south[…]

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Suspected paramedic robbers found with toy gun

Three suspects are behind bars for allegedly robbing paramedics while they were treating a patient in Khayelitsha earlier this week, police confirmed on Thursday. They allegedly used a toy gun in the incident. Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said Emergency Medical Services personnel were robbed of their cellphones at[…]

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Paramedics caught in gang shootout

Incidents of attacks on paramedics and the hijacking of several ambulances a few months ago have sparkled concerns amongst health workers in the ambulance and emergency services who have protested against the violence as well. Yesterday paramedics were at risk once again when they were caught in gang violence in[…]

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The hell paramedics go through to keep you alive

Being threatened with guns, having their belongings taken and their ambulances pelted with stones – these are some of the experiences Western Cape emergency medical service (EMS) workers endure to help those in need. And while police help to escort them where they can, criminals are taking advantage of these[…]

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Operation to improve paramedics safety

Following recent events that saw more than 30 attacks on health workers in the last eight months, the Western Cape Health Department has launched Operation Khuseleka. The operation is a staff safety initiative that’s directed at encouraging operation within broader society to keep health workers safe. Speaking to VOC, spokesperson[…]

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