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Persons with disabilities call for census 

Parents of Persons with disabilities (PWD) in Kilifi County have been urged to voluntarily avail them for registration so that the county government can adequately plan for them.
County deputy governor Mr. Edmond Saburi said a census for all disabled persons in the area will be conducted soon to ascertain the number and be able to budget for them so that they can get the essential required facilities for their development.
He said it was sad that some parents with PWD s were still hiding them in homes due to cultural beliefs that they are a curse to the family, advising them to avail them to the relevant authorities for registration.
Speaking during the United Nations Day for Persons With Disabilities at Karisa Maitha grounds Sunday, Saburi revealed that a bill will soon be tabled at the County Assembly that will facilitate budgetary process for PWDs.
“The rising number of PWDs in the County comes along with the need for more special schools with learning facilities. Due to the shortage of these schools, some parents take their children to normal schools where they face discrimination from their colleagues and teachers, a vice which should be minimized”, he said.
On job opportunities, the deputy governor advised the County Public Service Board to be adhering to employment regulations which considers the mandatory 5 percent of vacancies for the PWDs.
He challenged the County Assembly to be vigilant on its oversight role to ensure the PWDs were not discriminated in terms of employment and other county projects.
During the event, Saburi who was accompanied by some MCAs donated 3 wheel chairs to 3 most deserving PWD’s and urged some stakeholders and donor agencies in various sectors to chip in with donations to them.
Stakeholders who sponsored the event were the National Council for People with Disabilities, Plan International, Kuhenza Foundation and Pwani University respectively.
By Harrison Yeri

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