Road crashes cost MVA Fund N.dollars 158 million in medical expenses

20 Jun 2019 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) – Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) Chief Executive Officer, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku said the fund has spent N.dollars 158 million in paying for medical expenses of victims of road crashes in the 2018/19 financial year.
Martins-Hausiku made the announcement when the MVA Fund management presented an update on its activities to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economic and Public Administration here Wednesday.
She said during the period under review, the fund has done “everything possible” to reduce spending a lot of money on road crashes by educating road users to adhere to traffic laws, which enabled it to spend less on medical expenses compared to the previous year.
In that year, 2017/18, the fund spent N.dollars 203.4 million.
“This can even be reduced more if crashes keep going down, because we are also planning to do away with injury grants and rather improve on medical benefits, because we see it fit to benefit our clients more in terms of helping them with rehabilitation and getting access to good quality medicines,” said Martins-Hausiku.
She further announced that the Khomas Region recorded the highest crashes in 2019 at 1 364, followed by Erongo with 426, Oshana 380, Otjozondjupa 316 and Oshikoto which recorded 221 crashes.
She added that the fund is also planning on establishing an emergency centre between Rundu and Katima Mulilo, Otavi and Otjiwarongo while also considering the southern region which she noted is not a priority for now.
“We are considering the south also, even though there are no massive crashes recorded that side at the moment, we just don’t want to get caught napping,” the CEO noted.