The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) fund, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku people often put the spotlight on the actual crashes and fatalities and neglect the survivors – some of whom are still fighting for their lives in hospitals.
“The others are also struggling to come to terms with the drastic changes to their lifestyles because of a new disability”.
Martins-Hausiku spoke at the MVA fund’s Rehabilitation Conference being held in Windhoek today.
The conference themed “New life through successful rehabilitation goal attainment”, is a platform for different institutions to share best practices in disability management in the quest to align their efforts to assist victims of vehicle accidents to return to work.
“Our focus should be to craft and implement strategies to manage injuries and disabilities successfully for people to return to work and independence, so that they can live meaningful, productive and dignified lives”, said Martins-Hausiku.
According to Martin-Hausiku, by Tuesday last week, the MVA Fund Call Centre had recorded 2 020 crashes that occurred on Namibian roads, resulting in 358 deaths and 3 449 people injured.
Martin-Hausiku added that the MVA Fund has come to appreciate that after a traumatic experience of a road crash, the most pressing need to survivors is not necessarily cash in their pockets but the chance to heal and once again become productive citizens through effective rehabilitation.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Kilus Nguvauva, congratulated the MVA Fund for the proactive role it played in making road safety not only a collective concern but also a national agenda in Namibia.
“I am confident to say that yes, we have increased the awareness levels through the campaigns such as Xupifa Eemwenyo, but we have not won the battle to reduce the daily fatalities,” said Nguvauva.
The two-day interactive conference ends tomorrow.