17 Nov 2017 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 NOV (NAMPA) The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund over the past week undertook various road safety activities to commemorate the upcoming Africa Road Safety Day, which takes place on Sunday.
The day, 19 November, which was officially endorsed globally by the United Nations, has been adopted by Africa and is commemorated annually on every third Sunday in November.
It is held in respect of the thousands of lives lost in road accidents and the plight of families left destitute after these incidents.
The MVA in October reported 3 399 motor vehicle accidents on national roads in which 625 people died from 01 January to 29 October this year.
In a statement on Friday, MVA Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Kapena Tjombonde said from 13 to 15 November, the fund embarked on various road safety interventions like roadblock refresher trainings, first responder trainings and national prayer walks, among other activities.
Tjombonde said the roadblock refresher training was conducted in Walvis Bay and Karibib and was attended by 40 police officers from surrounding towns like Swakopmund, Usakos, Omaruru, Uis, Henties Bay and Otjimbingwe.
This course focused specifically on matters relating to traffic regulation and customer service.
In Witvlei, the fund carried out a first responder training on the B6 route along the Trans Kalahari Corridor.
The training was aimed to equip Witvlei community members with knowledge on how to provide first aid for people involved in road crashes while awaiting professional medical care along the Corridor, said Tjombonde.
The road safety week closed off with the #StandSober campaign on the B1 route on Friday, while a Prayer Walk will be held at the Hosiana Lutheran Church next to B1 City Mall at 16h00 on Sunday.
The prayer session is an initiative by the Council of Churches of Namibia (CCN) through the Windhoek Ecumenical Forum (WEF) Road Safety Awareness Campaign celebrated under the theme Love your neighbour for safer roads.