MVA FUND STRENGTHENS EMERGENCY RESPONSE CAPACITY THIS FESTIVE SEASON
With the looming Festive Season, there will be an expected increase in the traffic volumes between now and January 2019, especially on the notorious B1 and B2 routes. High traffic volumes increases the likelihood of crashes occurring, which may lead to an additional number of injuries and fatalities. It is with this background that the Fund, as part of the recently launched 2018 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign (FSRSC) plan, strengthened emergency response services capacity in high crash zones, in order to ensure that those injured in motor vehicle crashes are provided with the required emergency medical care within the golden hour.
The Fund, therefore, deployed paramedics to hospitals located in six (6) high crash zone areas namely; Walvisbay, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo, Oshakati, Rundu and Mariental. In addition, the Fund with the support of B2Gold Mine and Ministry of Health and Social Services re-activated two (2) temporary Emergency Response (EMRs) bases at Etunda on the B1 route and Wilhelmstal on the B2 route. More temporary bases were also activated in Otjiwarongo, Omuthiya and Arandis.
The FSRSC is an annual intervention carried out by road safety partners in the bid to prevent motor vehicle crashes during the Festive Season. This year’s FSRSC, which commenced on 25 November 2018 and will end on 15 January 2019 aims at increasing public awareness on road safety, law enforcement interventions and emergency response capacity.
Befitting this year’s FSRSC campaign, the Theme “#DoTheRightThingAndSaveLives,” aims to promote adherence to all traffic rules and regulations during the Festive Season and will be reinforced with Public Education interventions, which focus on drink and driving, seat-belt usage, speed and passenger safety.
The Fund urges all road users to join in the fight of preventing more bloodshed on our roads this Festive Season and further encourage them to practice self-policing and not wait on law enforcement or other road safety partners to do something. “Road safety is about all of us. It is about you and me, so let us all take responsibility and ensure that we all #DoTheRightThing, all the time. After all, road safety is everyone’s responsibility,” stated Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the MVA Fund during her address at the launch of the campaign.
The public is further reminded to call the MVA Fund Accident Response Number 081 9682 to report a crash and save a life.
We wish all road users a safe and jubilant Festive Season and a Prosperous 2019!