MVA awards bursaries to aspiring paramedics

26 Mar 2015 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAR (NAMPA) - The Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund on Wednesday handed over bursaries to 11 youngsters for paramedic training and one for social work studies at the Polytechnic and University of Namibia, respectively.
Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, the fund’s chief executive officer (CEO), said the 11 recipients are admirable young people who will be tasked with attending to crashes, stabilizing patients at the scene and administering patient management and transportation of injured persons to a health facility.
“Young people will in essence save lives, and aid in the fund’s quest for enhancing the quality of life of persons injured in motor vehicle crashes by ensuring they are attended to in the shortest possible time and by qualified personnel,” she noted.
Statistics collated by the MVA’s Call Centre during 2014 indicate that of the 676 people who died in road crashes, 467 died on the scene, while 28 died on the way to hospital and 181 died in hospital.
These figures confirm the need to enhance emergency response capacity to ensure that those injured in motor vehicle crashes are attended to by qualified personnel, and that there is continuum of treatment available to them in the post-hospital environment to facilitate recovery in order for the injured to return to normal life.
The bursaries are worth N.dollars 385 000.
Martins-Hausiku said since the inception of the bursaries in 2007, the MVA issued 61 bursaries valued at over N.dollars 4 million for paramedic training, occupational therapy and social work studies.
Thus far, 26 Advanced Life Support and Emergency Care Technicians graduated.