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Rescue Team Threatened in Funchal

A rescue team from the Portuguese Red Cross (CVP) last night (Wednesday the 26th) had to call on the support of the Public Security Police (PSP), as they tried to assist a 40-year-old man who was drunk and injured on Rua do Seminário, Funchal.

According to a source, the victim was extremely drunk and aggressive when medics tried to help him. However, with PSP intervention the man was transported to hospital, where he remained in an aggressive state, and where again the PSP had to intervene so that medical staff could treat his wounds.

This is not the first time that the police have been called upon to intervene and help on-site medical teams.  On Sunday the 23rd,  a Rapid Intervention Medical Team (EMIR), accompanied by two ambulance crews from Portuguese Red Cross (CVP), were called out to assist two foreign nationals who felt unwell at a bar in Rua das Fontes, Funchal in the early hours of the morning. When the emergency services arrived at the scene, they had to ask for police backup as most of the patrons at the bar, and the surrounding area, were not wearing masks or adhering to any form of social distancing as laid down by the RAM health officials and regional government.

It may be hot, but the island’s medical teams are not taking chances.

Samantha Gannon

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