NATIONAL NEWS - On Thursday, Bestcare and Ambu-Link emergency medical services were awarded certificates after assisting when a group of school children and school workers were stung by a swarm of bees.
This after about 20 learners and school staff were rushed to hospital after sustaining mild to severe reactions when a swarm of bees attacked them the day before. According to Xander Loubser, of Bestcare emergency medical service, learners and staff of Laerskool Generaal Nicolaas Smit were attacked by a swarm of bees after a gardener disturbed them while he was mowing the lawn.
“Bestcare tended to about 15 children who had been stung by the bees; some cases were mild and some more serious. Learners with severe reactions were transported to various hospitals in the area,” Loubser said.
Ambu-Link emergency medical services also assisted, treating some learners with advanced medical care.
“We’re happy to report that no one succumbed to their injuries, and that everybody is doing much better now.” Loubser urged people to be vigilant when entering wooded areas or areas of a garden that haven’t been maintained in a while.
“Many people were away for the holidays, causing for many gardens to have overgrown grass, trees and bushes. That, together with the rain, can cause unpredictable dangers,” he said.
Bestcare and Ambu-Link were honoured at the school with certificates to thank the emergency personnel for their bravery and assistance.
“Thanks to our team for managing this mass casualty very well. We pray for a speedy recovery to those involved,” Loubser concluded.