The County First Ladies’ Association (CFLA) Chairperson Maria Mbeneka has called on the government to intensify support for the Persons Living with Disabilities in bid to halt stigma in the community.
Speaking to the media during the free eye clinic camp at Rumuruti sub county hospital in Rumuruti town, Ms Mbeneka said persons with disabilities need support to enhance equity.
“People with disabilities are vulnerable and need support so that they can access equal opportunities just like the others, for instance NHIF cover,” Ms Mbeneka said.
She said that government can work with CFLA to help in identifying the eligible PWDs at the county level for registration with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD).
“As First Ladies Association, we can work with the NCPWD to identify people who need the disability card so that they can be able to apply for tenders, tax relief and job openings at the county level that are set aside for them,” Laikipia county first lady said.
She further urged the Ministry of Education and parents to integrate children with disabilities into normal government primary schools to reduce their feeling of isolation.
“We are doing advocacy, psychosocial support, rehabilitation and treatment to create an atmosphere of love for people with disabilities,” Ms Mbeneka said.
At the same time the first lady pleaded with locals to use clean energy to prevent eye problems.
“Use of charcoal for cooking can accelerate cataract and at the same time pollute the environment. Therefore, it’s important for women to form groups so that they can contribute money to buy cooking gas and improve their livelihoods,” she said.