Census for persons with disabilities rolled out
12 May 2015, 09:30
Nakuru - In a bid to ensure persons with disabilities benefit from the government programmes, the national government has rolled out census of all persons with disabilities.
While launching the exercise, Nakuru County Commissioner Mohamed Birik called on all persons with disabilities (PWDs) to register with the assigned government officers when they visit them.
He said that by having a data of all PWDs, the government will be in a better position to budget for programmes aimed at assisting them.
He said that the two-week programme will be carried out in all the 11 sub counties of Nakuru.
“We are urging all persons with disabilities to ensure that they register themselves. This will help them become beneficiaries of government’s programmes,” said Birik, who also asked chiefs and their assistants to reach out to those with disabilities in order to ensure that no one is left out of the exercise.
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The Association for the Physically Disabled-Kenya (APDK) national chairman, Fred Owuoko said that the exercise will help in eliminating quacks that have been benefiting from the government cash transfer programme.
Nominated Member of County Assembly (MCA) Emmah Mbugua, who represents those with disabilities at the Nakuru County Assembly, said that the exercise has come at the right time since the 1999 census did not capture the correct number of persons with disabilities in the county.
She said that in the assembly, they have come up with a bill that seeks to ensure that the County government of Nakuru sets aside a kitty to assist the disabled.
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