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Ambulance equipment contaminated with superbug

Ambulance oxygen tanks are likely to carry the “superbug” MRSA, a small U.S. study suggests, pointing to the need for regular disinfection of medical equipment. Researchers tested nine oxygen tanks carried by three ambulances based at an emergency medical services (EMS) station in Alabama. They found MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, on all nine tanks. They also swabbed oxygen tanks in a storage area, finding MRSA on 96 percent of the stored cylinders. MRSA infections are difficult to treat…

Eiffel Tower to go dark after Kabul bombing

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower will cut its lights on Saturday night to commemorate those killed and wounded in a devastating ambulance bombing in Kabul, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter. "Tonight at midnight the Eiffel Tower will go out in homage to the victims of the horrific attack that struck Kabul," Hidalgo said. Read More: Eiffel Tower to go dark for Las Vegas victims "The city of Paris and Parisians are with the Afghan people who are once again facing terrorist barbarity." Ce soir, à minuit, @LaTourEiffel…

Police foil woman’s abduction in KKF ambulance, four arrested

KARACHI: Police on Saturday foiled the abduction of a woman in the ambulance of a charitable organisation, and arrested four suspects, ARY News reported.  The woman was being kidnapped near Pakistan Bazaar in Orangi Town in an ambulance of the Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF). However, police acted swiftly and foiled the bid and arrested four suspects. A case was filed by the woman's brother-in-law against the four arrested suspects and their accomplice. SSP East said that suspects attempted to kidnap the woman, a…

Mandela ambulance ‘caught fire’, his surgeon reveals

An ambulance carrying South Africa’s first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela caught fire as it was rushing him to hospital, his doctor revealed in a book published on Monday. The incident is one of several bizarre episodes contained in the book chronicling Mandela’s final years by Vejay Ramlakan, who was South Africa’s surgeon general and the former president’s physician until his death in 2013. Ramlakan was accompanying Mandela from his Johannesburg home to a specialist heart hospital in Pretoria in June…

UAE imposes fine on motorists blocking ambulances and emergency vehicles

ADU DHABI: Police have warned that motorists that block ambulances and emergency vehicles or fail to give them way in the event of an accident will face a fine of Dh 1000 as stipulated in the new traffic law The Abu Dhabi Police on Friday told motorists to give way to ambulances and other emergency vehicles so that paramedics can reach patients and accident victims quickly. Police said motorists who fail to move out of the way for ambulances remain one of the main obstacles facing the emergency service. Major…

Five of a family killed in Jamshoro accident

JAMSHORO: Five members of a single family lost their lives when an ambulance collided with a trailer in Jamshoro, ARY News reported on Saturday. The family were taking one of its members to a hospital in an ambulance when the vehicle crashed into a trailer at Indus Highway. The patient along with her relatives were killed in the crash. Police said that the trailer was heading to Karachi from Dadu when the unfortunate incident took place. It was said that the noise of the trailer-ambulance collision was heard in far…

Bus-ambulance collision near Ormara injures 20

GWADAR: Twenty people were injured in a bus-ambulance collision near Ormara town in Gwadar district of Balochistan, ARY News reported. According to details, the passenger bus was heading to Mand from Karachi when it crashed into an ambulance. Twenty people sustained injuries in the traffic mishap. The victims were rushed to Naval Hospital in Ormara for treatment. The medical condition of five persons is said to be critical. They were shifted to medical facilities in Karachi for treatment of their injuries.