Paramedic student dies during confined space training

A Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) male paramedic student (33) died during a practical training exercise at the City of Windhoek’s Emergency Training Centre on Thursday.

This has been confirmed by City of Windhoek spokesperson Lydia Amutenya.

“At approximately 15h00, the student was participating in a practical component of confined space training, which is part of their second-year Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care training requirements, when the incident occurred,” Amutenya says.

According to Amutenya, the training was conducted in collaboration with Nust as per an agreement between the two institutions.

“Immediate basic life support measures were initiated and the student was promptly transported to the Katutura Hospital for further medical attention,” she adds.

However, despite the efforts, the student did not regain consciousness and died.

The municipality has extended its condolences to the bereaved family, friends and fellow students.

“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident is ongoing, and the City is fully cooperating with the relevant authorities,” Amutenya says.

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