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More than 100 thousand Fijians have a disability: Census 2017

January 15, 2018 6:13 pm

More than a hundred thousand Fijians have a form of disability or functioning challenge according to the 2017 Census results.

Senior Statistician in the Bureau of Statistics Emali Soderberg highlighted in the 2017 census questionnaire there was a specific question for households to record persons with disabilities or those that are functionally challenged.

“The question with persons with disabilities was asked for individuals aged three years and above, out of that we found around 113 595 people had at least one form of disability that’s about 13.7 percent of the total population.”

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More results from Census 2017 are expected to be released in the coming weeks which will further detail a breakdown on persons with disabilities by gender, age and ethnicity in addition to the type of disability.

This data is expected to assist the government with their planning particularly with ensuring accessible services for all Fijians.

Meanwhile of the 884, 887 population, the Central Division made up 42.7 percent, 37.9 percent in the Western Division, while 14.8 percent was from the Northern Division with the Eastern Division accounting for 4.2 percent.

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