The South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (SAEPU) is calling on Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba to urgently intervene on current EMS attacks taking place in Nelson Mandela district. At around 3am on Saturday 22 February 2020 a crew from Nelson Mandela EMS Base in Port Elizabeth was robbed at gun point while attending a call in Walmer Township. One crew member and student from Nelson Mandela University was still busy with the patient at the back of the ambulance when two unknown armed men came from nowhere and pointed a gun at the other member, demanding her belongings. They took her phone and ran away.
This is the second incident reported at the same area in two weeks time and there is no plan from department on how to protect our Medics. Our communities must never forget that Paramedics are there to provide health services, save lives and not to harm anybody. It is unfortunate because people who attack them are the same people from families who will need public health services.
We are calling on anyone with who may have information which may lead to the arrest of these perpetrators to contact us and SAPS.
Issued by SAEPU
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