Free State EMS training targets rural areas

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The Free State Department of Health, in collaboration with the Free State College of Emergency Care and the University of Johannesburg, as well as the Durban University of Technology have embarked on an annual aquatic student training to take place this weekend at Gariep Dam.

According to the Principal of the Free State College of Emergency Care, Kevin Rowe-Rowe, this initiative is aimed at providing rescue services to rural areas.

Rowe-Rowe says there is a lack of rescue skills and technology in the Free State and this weekend’s training will equip EMS students with skills to rescue lives in rural areas and on neighbouring farms.

“This year we decided to bring this annual aquatic student training to the Free State. We bring state of the art and advanced technology to rural areas to train our students. At the end of the day students will be able to go to their different stations in the Free State and implement what they have learned” said Rowe-Rowe.

Free State Health Department Spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, says this will greatly contribute to the development of the health care system in the province.

“We want the Free State to compete at an international level in the provision of our health care, and this will also contribute to the development of services provided in the rural areas. We want people in the province to receive the best medical care” said Mvambi.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News

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