Public plans to march in an effort to save the lives of paramedics

The festive season is upon us and sadly, that also means peak season for our already overworked rescue and health care workers. But the men and women who are trained to save you and me in an medical emergency - have other challenges they need to face.

Paramedics have been robbed at gunpoint and some firefighters have been attacked. In a heartbreaking case last month, little Faigon Mentoor died two days before his eighth birthday because robbers attacked the ambulance he was being transported in.

Africa chats to the General Secretary for Hospersa Noel Desfontaines to discuss demands and a possible way forward.

From our personal side we’ve really tried our best to try get some action from the Department of health and nothing came to recall.

Noel Desfontaines, General Secretary for Hospersa

We've asked assistance from our federation which has organized a march to parliment says Desfontaines. He adds that the deployment of the SANDF to escort emergency vehicles to certain areas, is a very important demand.

I believe that our demand needs to be given urgent attention.

Noel Desfontaines, General Secretary for Hospersa

To hear more on the march and the demands, click on the audio below...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Public plans to march in an effort to save the lives of paramedics


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