MVA Fund concerned about increasing accidents

30 Apr 2015 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 APR (NAMPA) - The management of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) on Thursday expressed serious concern over the constantly increasing amount of road accidents across the country.
A media statement by the MVA Fund management availed to Nampa on Thursday said a total of 128 crashes were reported to their head office in the capital over the past two weeks, in which 19 people lost their lives while 250 others were left battling serious injuries.
According to the MVA Fund's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, among the seriously injured is a 32-year-old mother and her 10-year-old-daughter, who both reportedly sustained spinal cord injuries and are now likely to face permanent disability for the rest of their lives.
She said that two more persons, aged 26 and 30, are now admitted in hospital with traumatic brain injuries as a result of the accidents they were involved in over the past two weeks, and the long-term effects of these injuries are beyond imagination.
“Road crashes continue to rob our country of its productive citizens. Out of the 250 injured persons, 142 are young people aged between 16 and 35, while 11 out of the 19 fatalities are also in this age group. This group of people is our doctors, lawyers, engineers, actuaries and future leaders, but their dreams are cut short in this way.
“For this reason, the MVA Fund again reminds drivers to make smarter and safer choices on the road. Everyone deserves to stay safe on our roads, whether they are in a car, on bike, on a motorcycle or on foot,” said Martins-Hausiku.
The MVA Fund CEO also used the opportunity to remind all Namibians of their responsibility to protect the lives of people when they travel on the national roads over the long weekend.
She said in order to mitigate probable loss of life on the roads, local players in road safety will once again step-up efforts to ensure safe travel.
“Sporadic roadblocks will be set up throughout the country and traffic officers’ visibility will be increased to conduct mandatory alcohol tests on drivers, administer speed traps, examine vehicle roadworthiness and to enforce the traffic law while instilling a safe road use culture,” Martins-Hausiku noted.
In light of the long weekend and Namibians’ love of travelling to the north of the country or coast at such times, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Deputy Inspector General of Operations James Tjivikua issued a media statement on Wednesday in which he urged drivers to exercise caution when using the national roads to avoid the loss of life or injuries.
He said NamPol commanders will be conducting more highway patrols and intensifying crime prevention efforts over the long weekend.