The Western Cape Emergency Medical Services (WCEMS) is working overtime this festive season. Over the past weekend, they responded to more than 6300 incidents across the province.

WCEMS spokesperson Deanna Bessick explains that many of the cases their rescue teams responded to were hiking-related incidents. This includes the female hiker who died on the Skeleton Gorge trail while climbing Table Mountain on Saturday, December 19.

“Most patients were transported to the Worcester, Tygerberg and Paarl hospitals,” Bessick told SABC News.

The top ten incident types included:

– non-cardiac pain

– respiratory complaints

– weapon assault

– COVID-19

– obstetric complaints

– neurological complaints

– vomiting/diarrhoea

– musculoskeletal complaints

– abdominal complaints

– and patients that were unresponsive.

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