MVA pays over N$700 000 for funeral grants

21 Jan 2016 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has paid about N.dollars 777 000 towards funeral grants for deaths on Namibian roads during the 2015/2016 festive season, totaling 111 claims.
This payout involves accidents which took place from 22 November 2015 to 15 January 2016, MVA's Chief of Corporate Affairs Kapena Tjombonde said in a statement issued on Thursday.
Tjombonde stressed that a total of 114 claims were submitted to the fund countrywide during the period under review.
During the same period in 2014/2015, the MVA paid out N.dollars 658 000 for funeral claims.
Tjombonde stressed that the fund disbursed N.dollars 16 128 420.38 for medical expenses following road accidents in the 2015/2016 festive season.
“This is part of our legal obligation in terms of Sections 23 and 25 of the MVA Fund Act of 2007 to provide medical support to persons injured in motor vehicle crashes,” she said.
The medical costs of those injured in crashes range from at-scene to recovery or death and include first-aid and rescue service (ambulances), hospital costs and the final stage of rehabilitation care cost which is included in these figures.
During the same period in 2014/2015, the fund disbursed N.dollars 18 829 059.18, which indicates a decrease of 18 per cent in medical expenses for 2015/2016 cycle.
She stated that the cost indicated for medical expenses during the 2015/2016 festive season will potentially increase as some medical services providers are yet to submit their claims for services rendered during the period under review.
Tjombonde said many road crashes and their resulting injuries or fatalities are preventable, and should each road user take responsibility and drastically change their behaviour by adhering to the set rules of the road, Namibia can also be classified as a safe country, similar to other countries.