KEETMANSHOOP: The physically challenged people in Keetmanshoop says the banks in town does not give them special attention whenever they go there for service.
They indicate that they are made to queue and wait like able person which is not fair to them.
This concern was raised during their meeting with the members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender and Family Affairs at Keetmanshoop disability resource centre Monday.
Other problems they raised include the need for transport to and from the hospital, where they suggests that government supply them with bicycles.
Furthermore, they requested for consideration on the disability grant for their caretakers.
“Handicapped children at public and private schools must also be given special attention, most of them feels inferior and always stressed at school because of their situation,” said one lady. Another complaint was that the door of Tseiblaagte clinic here is not easily accessible to wheelchair bound.
Others complained about family members who take money from them and use it for their own need and let the beneficiary suffer. They also said they need to be provided with housing especially through social housing programme.
The committee is soliciting their development ideas and challenges in both Karas and Hardap Regions. Such challenges and suggestions will be presented to parliament for consideration.
More than ten people attended the meeting. (edited)KEETMANSHOOP; Physically challenged people residing in Keetmanshoop say the banks here do not pay attention to their needs.
Concerns were on Monday raised during a meeting with members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender and Family Affairs that physically challenged people living in the southern town are made to queue and wait, similar to people who do not struggle with such challenges.
The meeting was held at the Keetmanshoop Disability Resource Centre on Monday.
Other issues raised included the need for transport to and from the Keetmanshoop State Hospital, and the difficulty faced by those using wheelchairs to access the Tseiblaagte Clinic entrance.
Financial difficulties were also discussed, with some complaining that relatives use their disability grant on things other than its intended purpose, while others requested that consideration be given to a ‘disability grant’ for their caretakers.
“Handicapped children at public and private schools must also be given special attention, most of them feel inferior and stressed at school because of their situation,” a woman said while addressing the committee.
Another request was that housing be provided to physically challenged individuals through a social housing programme.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender and Family Affairs is busy soliciting development ideas and challenges in both the Karas and Hardap Regions. These will be presented to Parliament for consideration.