MEC for Health in the Western Cape Nomafrench Mbombo says they are saddened by the death of aneight-year-old boy who died when the ambulance he was in was ambushed on its way to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Mbombo commended the Emergency Medical Services workers who are still committed to saving lives even when they get attacked on daily basis.
She says it is concerning that the paramedics are no longer attacked, in what the SAPS had classified as Red Zones.
In partnership with the City of Cape Town and SAPS, government has set up a Transport Management Centre where the movements of the paramedics will be monitored.
There are cameras and they've got high tech systems where they will be able to see what is happening.— Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health in the Western Cape
We have invested resources so that we are part of this provincial joint programme.— Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health in the Western Cape
Mbombo says the high tech systems and the information they receive is helpful in being aware of dangers in some areas before the call is response occurs
She says the EMS is then able to know if there is shooting in a certain area, and when an ambulance is summoned, the paramedics are well prepared with the help of SAPS.
To hear more from MEC Mbombo on the safety of paramedics, listen below: