Barriers To Accessing Health Care For The Physically Impaired Population In Namibia

Abstract

People with physical impairments are entitled to using health facilities at least as

much as the general population if not more. Inadequate health services coupled with

the absence of a physical impairment-friendly health care system social environment

in the developing nations make it difficult for them to access basic medical services.

The study uses a qualitative research methodology to describe and understand rather

than to explain and predict access to health facilities. The objective is to understand

the current situation on access to health care for the physically impaired. The

rationale for the paper is to assist in understanding barriers to access health care

services for people with disabilities and to promote equity for all groups in society.

The study was conducted in Khomas and Caprivi Regions of Namibia. It found that

there were problems related to lack of transportation. Either there was no

transportation at clinics, from home to the clinic or if transportation was available it

was unreliable. The physical environment was not accommodating to the physically

impaired individuals because most individuals could not drive through the sandy

ground with their wheel chairs and therefore could not access health care services

easily. Communication with providers was also an issue when it came to individuals

with hearing impairment because they found it hard to communicate their health

conditions to providers (and vice versa) if they did not have interpreters of their own.

Study records that rising to the challenge of providing excellent and accessible health

care to persons with impairments is imperative as a matter of equity and recommends

health professionals to go beyond minimum requirements set by law to make

facilities and services usable to the greatest extent possible.

Keywords: Barriers, Health services, Physical Impairments, Access

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APA

ELINA, A (2021). Barriers To Accessing Health Care For The Physically Impaired Population In Namibia. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/barriers-to-accessing-health-care-for-the-physically-impaired-population-in-namibia

MLA 8th

ELINA, AMADHILA "Barriers To Accessing Health Care For The Physically Impaired Population In Namibia" Afribary. Afribary, 27 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/barriers-to-accessing-health-care-for-the-physically-impaired-population-in-namibia. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

MLA7

ELINA, AMADHILA . "Barriers To Accessing Health Care For The Physically Impaired Population In Namibia". Afribary, Afribary, 27 Apr. 2021. Web. 19 Jun. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/barriers-to-accessing-health-care-for-the-physically-impaired-population-in-namibia >.

Chicago

ELINA, AMADHILA . "Barriers To Accessing Health Care For The Physically Impaired Population In Namibia" Afribary (2021). Accessed June 19, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/barriers-to-accessing-health-care-for-the-physically-impaired-population-in-namibia