NGO Against Discrimination Toward Persons With Disabilities In Hospitals

A Local Non-governmental organization, Joy Abilities Empowerment (JAE) has called for intensfied engagement with health workers in public hospitals to end discrimination towards people with disabilities when accessing HIV/AIDS services.

The organization's project officer, Limbani Kambauwa says through a survey they conducted in Machinga, the organization has established that cases of stigma and discrimination are rampant in the district, with most of them remaining unreported.

"We are concerned with the number of complaints in public hospitals regarding discrimination towards people with disabilities when they want to access health services, including HIV/AIDS. It's high time most of the health workers get trained on human rights so as to give equal treatment to all," said Kambauwa.

Kambauwa said this during a health workers workshop at Machinga district hospital aiming to educate them on health rights of the people with disabilities in the district.

District Medical Officer for Machinga district hospital, Dr. Chimwemwe Maluwa has promised to ensure equal treatment is given to people with disabilities who access health services at the facility.

"I understand the need for us to treat everyone equally and I will ensure everyone at our hospital adheres to the rules," Maluwa noted.

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