Second chance for World Cup ambulance aides

2012-05-18 00:00

WHEN the 2010 World Cup ended, 148 youths who had received basic life-support training in preparation for the tournament were left unemployed.

Now they have been given a second chance.

The youths, who are all from KwaZulu-Natal, went on basic ambulance assistant’s courses with the South African Military Health Service.

When the World Cup ended, so did their jobs.

Now they are to be placed in an internship programme where they will be enrolled for comprehensive training.

“The candidates will sign a 12-month contract whereby they will earn a stipend,” said Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo yesterday.

“During their training the department will provide free accommodation.

“Thereafter they will be deployed to various Emergency Medical Rescue Service districts as part of their practical exposure.

“Through this programme the department will produce a well-trained pool of emergency care personnel.”

The MEC said the qualification would open the door to further job opportunities.

He made the announcement during the graduation ceremony of 85 intermediate life support officers held at Truro community hall in Northdale.

Said a beaming Ayanda Shezi: “Previously we were trained as basic ambulance assistants. Now they have upgraded us to intermediate life support.

“This means a lot to me, and I am very proud to go back and help in the community.

“We have promised the department that we will do our best.”

Dhlomo said the entire province would benefit from the development as the students were selected from all 11 of the Health Department’s districts and would return to work in the

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