People in rural areas should have, if not equal access, at least reasonable and dignified access to healthcare services, a Protecting Rural Healthcare In Times Of Economic Crisis study showed.
The study, which focused on how resilient government systems and structures are key to protecting the most vulnerable in society and how that can be achieved for both urban and rural citizen, was undertaken by the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP).
The study findings based on research over a three year period, revealed the difficulties to promise equal health care services access to rural communities as there is a shortage of healthcare specialists to be based in every single district in the country.
“We rely on a functional referral system, so at least a reasonable and dignified access is required,” said RHAP Technical Advisor, Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga.
Versteeg-Mojanaga said lack of health care specialists forces patients to sleep over at hospitals to catch the next referral transport to urban hospitals.