Inclusive health services for disabled

Inclusive health services for disabled
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The inclusion of persons with disabilities in healthcare services is considered.

As of 2020, the report stated that approximately 27 million Nigerians live with one form of disability or another. There are many types of disabilities in Nigeria causing a variety of impairments, such as visual, hearing, physical, intellectual and speech. The disabilities are mostly caused by poverty, disease, inadequate nutrition, inefficient health services, unclean environments, and poor infrastructure. Often times, people with disabilities are faced with stigma that makes them draw back from society, economics, and politics.

Based on the idea of making healthcare services inclusive for disabled people, Dr Selben Penzin, an ophthalmologist, senior program manager at Sightsavers, and public health researcher, stated that there are more visible disadvantages attached with persons with disabilities concerning access to health. These disadvantages lead to adverse socio-economic outcomes and increased rates of poverty than the whole population. Apart from that, they are challenged by attitudes and environmental barriers which obstruct their efficient contribution to the society.

Most persons with disabilities live in poverty.

It has been estimated that nine out of ten persons living with disabilities live in poverty. However, despite the estimated millions of Nigerians with disabilities, there is public buildings. Internal steps, narrow doorways, inadequate bathroom facilities and inaccessible parking areas are all additional barriers to those who require wheelchair access. Lack of the aforementioned needs makes them draw back easily without having to participate in normal activities. Disability inclusion is therefore employed to make them feel like every other able human.

Disability inclusion is an act that sees to the participation of people with disabilities in day-to-day activities. Their inclusion in everyday activities inspires them to do things that their colleagues who have no form of disability do. In order to efficiently carry out disability inclusion, regarding health services especially, adequate policies have to be in place, together with its implementation urging organizations and companies to embrace them. The consideration of disability inclusion in health service is also for the benefit of everyone.

Inclusive healthcare services would have a positive impact on them.

Dr Penzin further added that his work as the program manager for Eye Health on Inclusive Futures, for the improvement of eye care services for disabled people in Nigeria.  His work has made him clearly observe the positive impact that disability inclusive healthcare services can have on persons with disabilities who have always been deprived of these required services. With the inclusion, there would be little or no difficulty with them functioning properly even with their disabilities.

The Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (prohibition) Act 2018, signed into law in 2019, is yet to be implemented. The law made provisions for the right to education, employment, health, and accessibility of physical structure. Also, The National Community of Persons Living With Disabilities addressed the Accessibility Minimum Standard Policy which dictates the accessibility of all public buildings to persons with disabilities. The law is to become operational in January 2024; Non-compliance to its provisions attracts a fine. To avoid non-compliance, there are steps that organizations should take.

Organizations are advised to plan ahead of the implementation of the law.

To ensure adequate preparation for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in healthcare services, organizations are advised to plan ahead, allocating sufficient time to design their project; engage persons with disabilities, meaningfully; put facilities that are accessible in place; train staff and partners on inclusion; gather inclusive data; and share knowledge. The implementation of the National Disability Act, although not fully implemented, requires effort at all levels to successfully take away barriers that cause difficulty in the inclusion of persons with disabilities.


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Ask Nigeria
1 month ago

Inclusive health services for disabledThe inclusion of persons with disabilities in healthcare services is considered.Express your point of view.

Tolaniiii
Member
1 month ago

Everyone is expected to have access to medical facilities not excluding the disabled ones. Excluding anyone is equivalent to stigmatizing them

Bola12
Member
1 month ago

Disability inclusion is an act that ensures people with disabilities participate in daily activities. Their inclusion in everyday activities motivates them to do things that their colleagues without disabilities do.

Christiana
Member
1 month ago

The disabled ones are the one that need special healthcare, so including them in healthcare service should have been done since way back.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 month ago

The inclusion of disabled persons in healthcare services is a nice idea. Well, It should not be only the disabled, All citizen should be have access to good health services provided by the government, not particular set of people(special one).

Last edited 1 month ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 month ago

The participation of persons with disabilities in day-to-day activities motivates such individuals to achieve the same levels of success as their peers who do not have a handicap of any kind. They should be treated normally in our society.

Taiwoo
Member
1 month ago

Because people with disabilities tend to have a greater number of obvious barriers to accessing medical care, it is imperative that these individuals be given the highest priority possible in terms of the care they get.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 month ago

Inclusion of people with disabilities in health care is absolutely necessary if disabled people are to feel on par with other able humans.

SarahDiv
Member
1 month ago

By including people with disability in healthcare service will greatly encourage them considering the fact that they were neglected because of their situation which has made them live in abject poverty. If the law could be effectively implemented will greatly alleviate their state of suffering.

DimOla
Member
1 month ago

The inclusion of person with disability in healthcare services is a good one if it can be successfully implemented. They will feel encouraged and accepted.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 month ago

People who are disabled are more likely to withdraw from society when they lack basic necessities such as wheelchairs and other similar items. This frees them from the obligation to take part in typical activities.

Remi1
Member
1 month ago

There are more obvious drawbacks associated with those with impairments in regards to access to health care and the government should work on this.

Tonerol10
Member
1 month ago

People who are Disable are suffering. A lot of discouragement in their mind. Sometime most of them fill ashamed of their circumstances. We need to encourage them by showing them love, making them feel among. So many of them are talented and different skills. Let us all support and show them kindness with the Heart of love ☺

Kazeem1
Member
1 month ago

Unclean and dirty environments have caused different disabilities in the lives of people, when people take care of their environment they won’t need the disability health services.

Hassan Isa
Member
1 month ago

People with disabilities are subjected to stigma, which causes them to withdraw from society, economics, and politics; therefore, we can only hope that this will assist them in becoming less reserved among other people.

Chibuzor
Member
1 month ago

Lack of adequate feeding has caused many people to suffer these different disabilities and providing this health inclusion service will be a means if helping them

Adeolastan
Member
1 month ago

The statistics in the article that says nine out 10 people living with disability are poor is not correct,it should be one out of thirty.The poverty level
of many lead them to state of disability.No money,no proper heath care service and inadequate of medical personnel.The inclusion of them into law will go a long way in taking proper care of them and also give them the right attention.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 month ago

If this is put into practice, it will be a good thing the disable will have opportunity to partake in many thing they will feel good rather than think they we’re be neglect just because they are disable does not mean they don’t have value they are alot of thing they can do been a disable I hope this come true so because this will help them alot

Ultra0711
Member
1 month ago

If the law is successful put into practice, people with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in social activities alongside the able ones without feeling excluded. And not only the disabled, but also every citizen lacks true access to any particular special health benefits provided by the government before. We all are just striving ourselves.

jdpumping
Member
1 month ago

Is it now they need to be considered or do something fast for the disabled in the society for their health benefits,I don’t just understand Nigerian government because of their lacklustre attitude towards their citizenry.What health benefits do we enjoy in this country none to be precise… I’m so sorry for my dear country

Abusi
Member
1 month ago

This is very good. We must take good care of our disabled ones. Utnost health care system needs to be provided and well funded. The health sector in Nigeria has declined over time in Nigeria. The disabled ones also need to be showed love and not discriminated against.