Over 60% of Namibians living with disabilities do not have access to toilet facilities due to poverty.
This was revealed by the Namibian Statistics Agency when they released the latest disability report with data from the 2011 Namibia Housing and Population Census.
The Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs Alexia Manombe-Ncube stated that the lack of detailed statistics on disability has made it difficult for government to plan and implement designed programmes aimed at improving the welfare of people with disabilities.
“Sanitation is one of the critical aspects of public health. Sanitation is more prevalent in rural areas with 78.9% compared to urban areas with 25.6%. Improved sanitation contributes enormously to good health and well-being, especially for persons with disabilities,” Manombe-Ncube said at the launch of the report.
The results, which took about five years to be released, due to the analytical process, show that people living with disabilities increased to 98 414 people in 2011 compared to 85 567 in 2001 and 42 932 in 1991. Out of the 98 413 persons living with disabilities in Namibia, 18 090 people had Physical Impairment and 16 189 had visual impairment.