Governor Dr. FCPA Wycliffe Oparanya held a meeting with National Council for Persons With Disabilities and outlined programmes put in place by the County to support members of the society.
The Governor said that his Government has taken issues to do with people living with disabilities seriously by initiating programmes that uplift their lives.
He explained that the County has set aside Sh60 million to support disabled person's in the County through various programmes.
He said the funds will be used to support business ventures of the disabled people, their education and provision of aids such as wheelchairs and crutches among others.
He noted that the census revealed that majority of the disabled persons were living in a deplorable status adding that the programme put in place by the County will help in getting them out of poverty.
"We started by conducting census of all disabled people in the County and established that their number was 49,000," said the Governor.
He added: "The census exercise helped us know where the disabled people are, their needs and level of education so that we can plan adequately."
The Governor noted that the County initiated the process of developing the Disability Act and Disability Policy to guide in managing affairs of the people living with disability.
Dr Oparanya said the County was ready to partner with NCPWD to ensure that interests of their members were addressed adequately.
NCPWD Executive Director Mr Harun Hassan said the Council will enter into an MoU with the County aimed at structuring partnership agreement for the benefit of members.
He requested the Governor to intervene and have charges the County imposed on disabled persons seeking approval from the Health Department to qualify for registration by the Council are waived.
"Kindly consider waiver of the Sh1,000 charges disabled persons are asked to pay because majority cannot afford and thus denying them a chance to become members of the Council," he said.
He noted that 27 counties have scrapped the tax following an appeal by the Council.
Hassan asked Dr Oparanya to help the Council formalise their engagement with the Council of Governors (CoG) so that members can benefit from programmes by the Council mainly in Education and Health.
Chief of Officer for Service Delivery Dr Phitalis Masakwe commended the Governor for ensuring that people living with disability have room in his Government.
He noted that the County has made the offices at the Office of the Governor compliant to the needs of people living with disability by installing a lift.
He added that disabled persons engaged in small business ventures benefitted from tax waiver from the County.
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