Population of disability rises in the County
Kirinyaga County Deputy Governor Wachira Githanda presents an assortment of goodies to a child living with Albinism during the Valentine Day for PWDs in the county courtesy of Governor Anne Waiguru
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has joined this year’s Valentine Day celebrations for People living with Disabilities in the County , even as their number rises to over 12,000.
She said her Administration was committed in promoting diversity , equity and inclusivity and ensuring no part of the society was left behind in realisation of the County’s social economic goals .
In a speech read to the PWDs by her Deputy Wachira Githanda during the celebrations held at Kamiigua Youth Polytechnic admitted some of this category of Kenyans had been disproportionally excluded in many areas while her administration was making every effort to incorporate as many of them as possible in” our various social –economic empowerment programs “.
“ In order to have an accurate data to guide our planning and resource allocation for projects and programs for PWDs we have been carrying out our assessment and registration for them. So far over 12,000 such PWDs have been registered .” she said in her speech .
Added the governor “ Am also appealing to those who are yet to be assessed to visit our Kerugoya Referral hospital for this purpose and also look out for our outreach assessment programs like the one we are carrying out today ,”
And in order to effectively cater for the needs of the rising population of PWDs there is urgent need to put up a multipurpose rehabilitation center in the county to reduce the suffering this group faces while seeking for the service outside the area .
According to a nominated area MCA Njoki Mitaru ,those registered stand at 12,000 plus though there were many more others yet to be entered into the data.
Mitaru who lives with walking disability herself said the county had only one special school for those with hearing challenges while those who fall in the other categories have to seek services outside Kirinyaga .
“Those with sight disability have to be taken all the way to the Joy town school in Thika making their caregivers strive hard to get them enrolled there , hence the urgent need to have our own such modern institution which our people can access with ease ,”she said.
Kirinyaga County Deputy Governor Wachira Githanda squats as he presents Wagicugu Njoka with Valentine goodies during the celebrations at Kamiugua Youth Polytechnic where PWDs enjoyed the day courtesy of area Governor Anne Waiguru
Speaking during the celebrations , Mitaru said the kind of a rehabilitation center should be well equipped to cope with the rising different needs.
She said various courses tailored according to the needs of the beneficiaries would go a long way in alleviating their economic wellbeing upon completion and make them self-dependent .
The county has only the Kerugoya school for the hearing challenged which enrolls children from across the country .