Government to register persons living with disability
The government will roll out for massive registration exercise for all persons living with disabilities from 6th -14th December.
The exercise is aimed at identifying the number of Kenyans with disability, the nature of their disability and age brackets in order for the government to start programmes targeting their specific needs.
The Bungoma County Association for Physically Disabled of Kenya Coordinator, Priscilla Akoth is calling on residents to come out in large numbers upon commencement of the exercise.
Speaking on Thursday during a sensitization meeting in Kabuchai, Bungoma central, Akoth said the registration exercise will assist the government to plan and establish specific programmes aimed at improving their welfare.
She said that unlike in the past, the registration will be done at the location level so that majority of people living with disability can be able to benefit from government projects rolled out along their specific needs.
The coordinator said that qualified doctors had been enlisted to conduct medical assessment essentially for classification and identification of the nature and extent of disability.
This will include people born with disability, disability caused by diseases, accidents and also those that are epileptic.
The exercise will be conducted on all other days between the specified period except on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of the same month.
Akoth was positive that once the exercise is concluded, the government will be in an informed position to streamline modalities of extending any form of support to those enlisted.
She also said the exercise will go a long way in enabling people living with disabilities to access benefits such as tax exemptions and NHIF cover, while those who qualify will access government tenders and contracts.
The coordinator also said the 2017 International day for people with Disability comes up on December 3rd under the theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.”
By Roseland Lumwamu/ Faith Ngesa