Western Cape Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) have responded to 4 549 incidents in the province over the weekend including 168 road traffic incidents.
According to authorities, ambulance crews were attending to 65 incidents in Mitchells Plain, 18 in Hanover Park, and four in Chicago, Paarl. The top five incident types for the weekend included non-cardiac pain (715), weapon assault (707), respiratory complaints (442), obstetric complaints (282), and neurological complaints (258).
Western Cape EMS Director Dr Shaheem de Vries said despite the challenges, EMS staff members continue to do their best to serve communities.
“We salute the brave EMS staff members who continue to do their work and serve the community, despite the challenges they must endure at times. We also thank our partners who have each contributed across various sectors to ensure a wide support network,” De Vries said.
In the meantime, the EMS have also expressed their concerns regarding the number of pedestrian-related incidents paramedics were called out to attend to this weekend, as 29 incidents were reported in the Cape Metro district, nine in the Garden Route district, and six in the Cape Winelands district.