A simple visit can harm a person’s dignity, Demetris Lambianidis, President of the Cyprus Paraplegics Association, told Phileleftheros daily.
He noted that “admittance into a hospital can humiliate a person because the room is not accessible to people with disabilities using a wheelchair. The reason is that hospitals do not have beds with the necessary mechanism or because the doctor’s bed is not accessible.”
As Mr. Lambianides said, “access to health services must be secured for all patients.” Unfortunately, he added, “some of the hospitals and diagnostic centers of GESY do not have the necessary infrastructure and equipment and we receive several complaints.”
The Cyprus Paraplegics Association sent letters to the Health Insurance Organization last April but without any response so far. A new letter was sent yesterday, this time with a copy sent to the GESY Supervision Commissioner.
In the letter, the Association points out the infrastructure and equipment that hospitals and diagnostic centers should have to secure the decent and safe service of people in wheelchairs.