The Ministry of Health and Social Services has launched the National Policy on Emergency Medical Rescue Services and its Strategic Plan in Windhoek.
This is a joint project of the Ministry of Health and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund.
In 2008 - the Health Ministry together with the MVA -Fund carried-out a situation analysis on the Emergency Medical Rescue Services in Namibia.
The study also revealed the absence of an ambulance services system and structure in the country.
It further revealed a shortage of trained nurses in trauma and emergency care, and a slow response to emergencies.
It was after this revelation, that the Health Ministry and the MVA entered in a Memorandum of Understanding with the primary objective to speed up provision of Emergency Medical Rescue Services in the country.
At the launch of the policy yesterday (wed), Health Minister Dr Richrad Kamwi said the saving of lives immediately after an accident remained critical in Namibia.
On her part, the World Health Organisation Country Representative Dr Magda Robalo was glad to see Namibia's adherence to the Decade of Action for Road Safety by launching the Policy.