A decrease in W.Cape medical emergencies and trauma this festive season

The Western Cape’s Emergency medical Services was presented with 3 534 trauma cases to 41 emergency centres (ECs) across the province, during the New Year’s weekend (From 00h00 on Friday to 10h00 on Tuesday).

The top trauma at these facilities includes numerous number of stabbings and gunshots wounds amongst other traumas. However, 9 555 patients needed non-trauma medical care.

In a statement, the provincial health department said that EMS teams were called out to fewer emergencies and crash sites this New Year’s compared to the Christmas long weekend (10 245).

The Western Cape Department of Health thanked their citizens and residents for their responsible behaviour over this long weekend, which provided their staff the necessary capacity to provide quality health care to their clients.


Done by: Alungile Njemla; Edited by: Mitchum George


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