Vi­o­lent crime is strain­ing SA health sys­tem

Cape Argus - - METRO - Staff Re­porter

AS THE na­tional crime sta­tis­tics get an­a­lysed, the pro­vin­cial health ser­vices and a car track­ing com­pany have re­leased stats show­ing how they have been af­fected.

Health MEC No­mafrench Mbombo said in­ter­per­sonal vi­o­lence is putting a strain on health ser­vices in the prov­ince. “This is be­cause in­ter­per­sonal vi­o­lence is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the pres­sures we ex­pe­ri­ence es­pe­cially within our Emer­gency Cen­tres (ECs) which causes de­lays in the treat­ment of many elec­tive pro­ce­dures,” she said.

Mbombo said pa­tients re­quir­ing emer­gency treat­ment as a re­sult of vi­o­lent in­jury of­ten take pref­er­ence. Pres­sure is also then put on other ser­vice

plat­forms: clin­ics, Foren­sic Pathol­ogy Ser­vices, and Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices, as well as de­lays caused by safety con­cerns in vi­o­lent com­mu­ni­ties.

Car track­ing com­pany Tracker said while there was a 2.3% de­crease in hi­jack­ing, it has no­ticed an in­crease in the level of vi­o­lence used by crim­i­nals when com­mit­ting hi­jack­ings.

Tracker said that its records in­di­cate that an av­er­age of 18 cus­tomers a month ex­pe­ri­ence phys­i­cal in­jury dur­ing a hi­jack­ing, through be­ing shot, stabbed or as­saulted – 10% of these incidents are fa­tal. Tracker said it had noted that, on av­er­age, in 27% of its ac­ti­va­tions a hostage was taken. |

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