According to several studies, The covid -19 pandemic continues to magnify the unacceptable health inequalities faced by people with disabilities and more so persons with intellectual impairments. Moreover, latest incarnation of this group’s seeming invisibility to policy makers is the decision not to priorities them adequately during the vaccination programme.
The most recent full report of many low-income countries in the global south have not indicated how they will include persons with disabilities.
Inclusion Africa shows that more persons with intellectual impairment have faced violations during the pandemic than before.
This information is collaborated by study by KAIH.
Last year IDA found The overall death rate for people with Intellectual
impairment was estimated to be up to 6.3 times higher than the general population. Yet despite clear evidence of the disproportionately negative impact of COVID-19 -19 on people with Intellectual impairment, this group is not being prioritized for vaccination.
For example, in the Kenyan context the ministry of health mentions the price of Nonintellectual impairments vaccination to be 16 US $ per the two dozes.
Never the less, The Joint Committee on Vaccination should go back to the drawing board and ensure persons with disabilities are prioritized.
The disability sausage youth be channel we ensure we offer technical support to the understanding of the risks that make persons with intellectual impairments to be more vulnerable.
We also know that people with INTELECUAL IMPAIRMENTS may experience difficulties accessing in-person or digital healthcare for nonintellectual impairments-19 symptoms as a consequence of diagnostic overshadowing (whereby their symptoms are erroneously attributed to their INTELECUAL IMPAIRMENTS) and discriminatory attitudes. Given all this, it is difficult to justify why a person with INTELECUAL IMPAIRMENTS should be a lower priority for vaccination than an otherwise healthy older adult without INTELECUAL IMPAIRMENTS.
. A vaccine policy which does not account for this is discriminatory; it has failed to make reasonable adjustments as required under the disability act of Kenya 2003 and UNCRPD 2006
I suggest that the global south nations should follow the example of Germany, where people with INTELECUAL IMPAIRMENTS, along with all employees of institutional services or community services in the disability sector and all people aged 70 or older, are being offered vaccination as a priority.
The views expressed here are for the author and do not represent any agency or organization.
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
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