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An attack on paramedics is an attack on service delivery.

29 March 2017 12:05 PM

In some cases and hot spot areas, police services are required to accompany ambulances.

An ambulance was broken into on Tuesday morning while paramedics were attending to a patient. Medical equipment was stolen from the ambulance along with personal belongings of a staff.

Koketso Sachane spoke to Dr Shaheem de Vries, Director, Western Cape Government Health EMS about the ongoing attacks.

de Vries says the attack on paramedics is a crime of opportunity. De Vries says such crime incidents are detrimental the emergency services because its resources are already constrained.

De Vries says such crime incidents prolong the EMS's mission time.

We've had phenomenal support from many of the community in these areas in particular Khayelitsha.

Dr Shaheem de Vries, Director, Western Cape Government Health EMS

De Vries adds that such incidents have highlighted the importance of recognizing and investing in the EMS' relationship with the community.

Listen to the full interview below:


29 March 2017 12:05 PM