Voluntary Emergency Medical Assistance is ready to assist

2017-03-28 06:02
PHOTO: Sarah BraunVEMA medical personnel ready to assist the community.

PHOTO: Sarah BraunVEMA medical personnel ready to assist the community.

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VOLUNTARY Emergency Medical Assistance (VEMA) was started in February 2005 when local qualified medical personnel decided to get together with there resources and expertise and formulate an organisation who will respond to medical and rescue emergencies in the Outer West Council area of Durban.

Warren Brauns, a volunteer of VEMA, said that VEMA is a total voluntary organisation, and there is no charge for call outs.

“VEMA however does not transport people to hospital and will use an ambulance service with the correct level of care that is required to get the patient to hospital. The patient will then be liable for the cost of the service if there is one,” he said.

Brauns said that volunteering at VEMA brings him joy as the volunteers and himself love giving back to their community in this way.

He said that there are so many memorable moments while working at the organisation.

“Every call and rescue is a memorable moment, as it brings us such joy to be able to assist an emergency and make a difference to the patient and offer the much need support to the family and loved ones of the patient,” he said.

Speaking about the volunteers, he said that VEMA has a very unique members and all different personality types.

The most common thing which each of them share is the love and passion to help a stranger.

He said that for those who want to volunteer at VEMA, one needs to be registered with HPCSA and meet the requirements of the registration, including the continued training for the CPD critical which is now in place.

“VEMA welcomes all kinds of donations, be it a set of tires or a car wash to the much-needed sundry medical equipment and proactive wear that is required.”

Contact VEMA on 083 630 0000 24/7 for emergencies and the same number during office hours for information on the organisation. VEMA can also be followed on Twitter (@vemaparamedics) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vemaparamedics) should you be interested in what the members are doing and the type of calls that are been attended to.

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