Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams based in Khayelitsha gathered to pray before their shift over the festive weekend.
In a video posted on Facebook, the EMS workers can be seen kneeling in prayer in front of their ambulances in preparation for their shift.
“Our incredible WC Metro EMS teams at Khayelitsha Emergency Medical Services this morning, praying for protection against Covid-19 and attacks. They are truly our heroes”, Jacques Weber captioned the video.
The Western Cape has reported an increase in trauma cases, which is placing a huge strain on hospitals, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic.
This past weekend, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews responded to about 746 weapon assault incidents and 358 Covid-19 related cases.
Premier Alan Winde said residents consuming more liquor over the festive season resulted in many trauma admissions.
“Despite the liquor restrictions introduced by the national government, we have seen a minimal levelling off of the trauma caseload burden experienced at key hospitals, which means that our healthcare workers are facing this additional strain.”
More: Cape Talk