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ambulanceSowetanLive reports that a group of eight paramedics in KwaZulu-Natal allegedly refused to transport a Covid-19 patient last month after claiming that they were not provided with protective gear or adequate training.  

They told their superiors on 23 March that they were ill-equipped to handle patients who had tested positive for Covid-19.  This was after they were instructed to transport a patient from a local Pietermaritzburg clinic to Northdale Hospital for treatment.  However, an official from the department said their refusal came a week after Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff were provided with training during a workshop.  The source added:  The district manager had to go to Grey's Hospital where the group is stationed to convince them to attend to the call but they still refused.  She even gave them protective gear but they still refused.  Another ambulance had to be dispatched from Durban to transport the patient."  One of the paramedics concerned indicated on Wednesday that they had not refused to attend to the patient but had questioned how they were expected to carry out their duties with minimal training.  Nehawu provincial secretary Ayanda Zulu said there were no records reflecting that their members were trained or given protective gear to allow them to carry out their tasks.

  • Read the original of the report in the above regard by Tankiso Makhetha at SowetanLive

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