A total of 106 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Vihiga County will receive wheelchairs from the County government in partnership with BethanyKids .The first group from Sabatia and Vihiga Sub Counties today received 26 wheelchairs at Itando Rehabilitation Center in Izava-Lyaduywa ward, Sabatia Sub County.
Most of them who have gone through tough economic times during the Covid-19 pandemic will be relieved because they now have equipment that will help them address their mobility challenges.
Through donors the county will consider persons with disabilities and make sure that they are well supported and comfortable.
Speaking at the County headquarters after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU)with Bethanykids who have partnered with the County to provide wheelchairs for PWDs, Vihiga governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo said his county is among the first three counties to come up with Disability Act which has made it smooth for donors to partner with the County.
He further remarked that his government is looking forward to cordial partnerships with donors for the benefit of Vihiga people.
The County boss said the program will not only provide wheelchairs but also capacity build through clinics for the PWDS.
Chief Officer Youth, Gender, Sports and Culture Philip Gavuna said through surveys conducted Vihiga has more than 700 PWDs who need wheelchairs. Gavuna also said that his department will sensitize the public on need to embrace PWDs and have them registered.
In his address BethanyKids Director David Nganga said it was a pleasure for their organization to be part of the initiative and they would work harder to ensure PWDs receive equipment and facilities to support them.
Aggrey Ogova, resident of Vihiga Sub county could not hide his joy after receive a wheelchair. He couldn't thank the County government enough for the gift that would enable him move and engage in various income generating activities.
The exercise will go on Tuesday in Luanda and Emuhaya Sub Counties while those in Hamisi Sub County will receive their wheelchairs on Wednesday.
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