Road accident simulation conducted at Otjiwarongo

10 May 2019 14:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 10 MAY (NAMPA) - Members of the emergency response team at Otjiwarongo held a road accident simulation exercise involving a pedestrian here on Friday morning.

Participants included police officers, emergency personnel of the Otjiwarongo Municipality’s fire brigade department, state hospital nurses and officials from the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA).

The simulation, which lasted nearly 20 minutes on the Dr Hage Geingob Avenue, was organised by the MVA Fund’s Otjiwarongo office to commemorate the Fifth United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week.

MVA Fund Advanced Life Support Paramedic, Paulus Ambunda, in an interview with Nampa at the scene said the simulation was formulated with a purpose to raise public awareness on road safety matters.

“You would find a pedestrian on the road and listening to loud music with his or her earphones, which is not safe at all. Therefore, this exercise was meant for such people,” he said.

Ambunda further cautioned pedestrians allegedly taking it for granted that motorists would always see them, saying that perception is wrong and can cause tragic road accidents.

Ambunda urged pedestrians to always be extra careful when a moving vehicle comes near them.

The simulation also provided an opportunity to the emergency teams here to test their equipment fitted in their emergency vehicles.