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The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, in partnership with the Mariental Town Council, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and the Namibian Police, has launched an Emergency and Medical Regional Response Center at Mariental.

The emergency rescue center, to operate from the Mariental Fire Station and serve the Hardap Region, will provide emergency medical care and stabilize injured accident victims.

Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Natalia |Goagoses, officiated at the event. "I have no doubt that the emergency medical rescue center will go a long way to save lives and improve the quality of life of all our people by ensuring that superior services are delivered by our emergency services. Emergency management services specialists often talk about the "golden hour," referring to that vital time period where victims of accidents or trauma can be stabilized by trained emergency staff before they are given specialized medical attention."

The Health and Social Services Ministry's Deputy Executive Director, Taimi Amaambo, while speaking on behalf of Minister Kalumbi Shangula, says the emergency medical response is no longer limited to actual in-hospital treatment.

"The goal of an effective emergency medical service is to provide emergency medical care to all who need it at any time and anywhere. I am therefore extremely pleased to know that this partnership that Mariental Municipality has established with the MVA Fund, the Namibian Police, and the Ministry of Health is being realized today, and I want to take this opportunity to reconfirm our partnership. Our medical teams stand ready to provide the necessary support and  services at the center and at our health care facilities."

Also speaking at the occasion were the Mariental Mayor, Sherien Kock, and MVA Emergency Management Manager, Ruben Uupindi.

"The key objective of the emergency medical response center is to ensure that, as a town, we are always prepared to provide a 24-hour uninterrupted medical response to all members of the Mariental community and the region at large. The safety and development of our communities and visitors are one of our top priorities."

"For us, the first of its kind, when partners come together to provide the services to our communities as all of us have the same common goal in saving lives, we feel like this center is an example of government institutions or public institutions coming together to share their resources and have synergy, of course, the scarce resources, to provide the service."

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