Gauteng paramedics embark on walk to raise awareness of ongoing attacks

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Gauteng paramedics are facing attacks.
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Gauteng Emergency Medical Services paramedics will be walking to raise awareness of the ongoing attacks on paramedics.

According to the Gauteng Department of Health, paramedics were attacked at gunpoint in Reiger Park, Boksburg, on Tuesday morning while responding to a call of a woman in labour.

"The crew was robbed by three armed men who made off with their personal cellphones and wallets. The criminals also took the ambulance keys," the department said.

In another incident, on Wednesday, at around 05:21, paramedics were held at gunpoint and robbed while attending a medical call in Eersterus in Tshwane.

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"The crew was robbed of their personal cellphones, including a department-issued cellphone. Fortunately, the crew escaped unharmed and still managed to deliver the patient to hospital."

Gauteng Health MEC, Nomathemba Mokgethi, condemned the attacks.

"Attacks on paramedics and EMS resources is simply unacceptable. We are appealing to communities to work with us to protect EMS personnel," Mokgethi said.

The MEC commended the paramedics, who, despite being accosted, still assisted with the delivery of the baby and made arrangements for a second ambulance to assist in transporting both mother and baby to the hospital.

Following the attacks, paramedics announced they would embark on a 3 kilometre walk in Ekurhuleni on Friday to protest against ongoing attacks and to raise awareness.

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