Paramedics don't hurt naughty children - ER24

2017-02-22 20:19
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Cape Town - Paramedics recently visited Worcester to dispel notions that they hurt naughty children, an ER24 spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“In areas of Worcester, children will run away from an ambulance because parents threaten that paramedics will do them harm when they are not behaving,” Annine Dormehl said in a statement.

During their visits, paramedics offered free glucose and blood pressure checks.

“Our focus is on going into communities to show them that paramedics are approachable and that they are there to help and assist the community,” Dormehl said.

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ER24’s efforts also followed several attacks on paramedics in the province while on the job.

In January, News24 reported that 80 attacks against Western Cape paramedics had been recorded between September 2015 and September 2016.

Paramedics had been barred from entering certain areas without a police escort, provincial health department spokesperson Zimkhitha Mquteni said at the time.

During her State of the Province address on Friday, Western Cape premier Helen Zille expressed concern over the attacks on paramedics.

Efforts to prevent these included offering counselling, providing additional safety equipment, and building coalitions with local neighbourhood watches.

Dormehl it was crucial that children did not grow up fearing emergency services.

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