North West MEC condemns protesters

2012-05-10 18:53
Johannesburg - The North West government has condemned the conduct of protesters who barred an ambulance from entering a village to pick up a patient this week.

No ambulance should ever be stopped by anyone, no matter how angry protesters were about their demands, North West Health MEC Magome Masike said on Thursday.

A pregnant woman died in Southey on Tuesday when protesters blocked an ambulance from entering the village.

The woman urgently required emergency medical rescue services and was supposed to have been taken to Ganyesa District Hospital, Masike said in a statement.

"Although the ambulance was called immediately, it was blocked by protesters for about two hours en route to the clinic. The woman died while her baby survived."

The woman suffered a retained placenta, which resulted in excessive bleeding.
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