Ambulance on standby for journalists at Madiba hospital

2013-06-24 14:13

The City of Tshwane has dispatched an ambulance for the media contingent stationed outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where former president Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition.

A paramedic confirmed to City Press the ambulance was dispatched to look after any reporters who may get sick while covering Madiba’s hospital stay.

“We’ve been here for two days now and we will look after anyone who may turn sick. We will be here until all of you (reporters) leave,” said the paramedic stationed outside the hospital.

Tshwane Metro Police officers have also spent the past two weeks outside the hospital ensuring the media do not obstruct traffic or the way of pedestrians when they park their cars along Park Street in Arcadia, Pretoria.

The media contingent at the hospital has grown considerably since the presidency released a statement last night, saying Mandela’s condition had deteriorated.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said the ambulance was dispatched to be on standby to ensure that anyone in need of medical attention was transported to another hospital as the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital was only a referral hospital.

“They (paramedics) are on standby for anybody, including the media, to ensure that we take them to other hospitals should they need medical attention.

this is because that hospital is a specialist hospital that doesn’t take normal patients,” said Pieterse.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson senior superintendent Isaac Mahamba also confirmed that metro police were dispatched to the hospital to ensure a free flow of traffic as the media contingent had gathered there.

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