Prank phone callers warned

2016-10-25 06:00

KZN medical teams and police said anyone making prank calls will face the long arm of the law.

This warning comes after a call was made to Netcare 911’s 24-hour Emergency Operations Centre about a woman who had been shot and was in a critical condition.

Athlenda Mathe media liaison officer for Netcare 911 said: “An emergency care practitioner, two intermediate life support paramedics and a basic life support paramedic raced to the scene of the incident.

“After asking for directions, paramedics never found the scene and it was discovered this was actually a prank call.”

“When responding to prank calls, medical care to all citizens is compromised and people who desperately need assistance from paramedics will have to wait longer for a response, and many may lose their lives because paramedics take longer to get to the scene to assist them in life-threatening situations.

“Our duty as a medical service is to provide the best pre-hospital medical care possible. We would really like to make a call to citizens to refrain from taking part in any hoax emergency calls,” he said.

In another incident earlier this month, calls were made to the Hillcrest SAPS saying there was an armed robbery taking place outside a bank in Hillcrest, however, when emergency services and police arrived on scene they discovered it was a prank or a hoax.

Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Constable N. Manqele said offenders who are caught making prank calls will be fined as this wastes a lot of time and resources of the police and emergency services. He also asked parents to educate their children about the dangers of making prank calls.

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