OMAHEKE REGION RALLIES BEHIND MVA FUND
As part of its strategy to effectively manage stakeholder relationships, the MVA Fund engaged the local authority of the Omaheke region, law enforcement agents, medical service providers and road safety partners on 06 September 2018 in Gobabis.
As a state-owned enterprise, the Fund is obliged to serve its customers by going beyond boundaries, constantly engaging relevant stakeholders and creating innovative service delivery methods. This engagement, therefore, served as a platform to provide insight on the Fund’s mandate, benefits offered and placed particular focus on the public and private medical fraternity who play a critical role to ensure that the Fund provides medical assistance to those injured in motor vehicle crashes.
In the same way, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku the MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“In 2017, the Omaheke region represented only 2% of all the crashes in Namibia. However, 60% of crashes involving vehicle roll-overs were recorded in the Omaheke region, making roll-overs the most common type of crash in this region. Pedestrian crashes followed with 15%. Moreover, the most common vehicles involved in crashes in Omaheke were buses, pick-ups and SUV’s. Needless to say, roll-over crashes pose a lot of danger, especially in instances where the seatbelt has not been used, while pedestrians are most vulnerable, resulting in very severe injuries such as poly-trauma, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.”
Martins-Hausiku further indicated that while statistics further indicate that Omaheke represents only 3% of injuries nationally, it is important to note that this percentage represents people who require adequate medical and rehabilitative care. “The Fund can only return seriously injured claimants to independence with the assistance and involvement of various stakeholders. I therefore call on each of you to take our hands and put the needs of the community first in order to meet their needs”. To that end, she called on the local municipality to prioritize providing housing and/or plots to persons with disability as this will fast-track the Fund’s House Modification programme which aims to enhance seriously injured persons’ sense of independence and create an accessible and a safe environment, which in turn allows for free and safe mobility in and around their homes while using a wheelchair.
The Special Advisor to the Governor of the Omaheke Region, Pijoo Nganate in his welcome remarks presented on behalf of the Governor, emphasized the important role the Omaheke region plays in the Trans Kalahari Corridor which connects highways of Namibia to neighbouring Botswana and South Africa. “The activities on the Trans Kalahari Corridor reciprocally affects an equally vital aspect of societal advancement in the form of preservation of human life”, he stated, adding that “the region requires prioritized road safety interventions such as emergency medical rescue services capacity building as well as a need to enhance urban road safety like pedestrian safety, as this is increasingly compromised due to the influx of vehicles on the Corridor.”
The MVA Fund appreciates stakeholder opinion and will continue working toward collaborative initiatives for the betterment of its claimants as we strive to forge and sustain effective relationships with such stakeholders.