The agency revealed the statistics on Tuesday in Windhoek during the launch of the first of its kind, Disability Report, which was based on the 2011 Population Census.

disabilityThe report covers population distribution, ages- sex, education statistics, housing conditions and fertility of the people living with disabilities.

According to the agency, out of the 98,413 people with disabilities the bulk are female representing 51,125 while their male counterparts came in at a lower figure of 48,288.

Of major significance also highlighted by the report, was the critical aspect of sanitation for those living with disabilities.

“The results show that 62.4 percent of households of persons with disabilities had no toilet facilities. This situation is more prevalent in rural areas with 78.9 percent compared to Urban areas with 25.6 percent,” noted the deputy minister of disability affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube.

Meanwhile, Statistician-general, Alex Shimuafeni said the statistics on disability were aimed at monitoring and evaluating national programs for improving the livelihoods of persons with disabilities in Namibia.

“This report contains necessary information for evidence-based planning and decision making processes concerning the needs of persons with disability,” he added.

Currently people living with disabilities in Namibia have increased from 42, 932 in 1991, to 85,567 in 2001 and 98,413 in 2011. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh


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