Murang’a to give S0m bursary for the disabled

By: ALICE WAITHERA

Murang’a government will set aside S0 million annually for bursary of students living with disability, Governor Mwangi Wairia has said.

He said most people living with disability miss out on education due to lack of school fees. Wairia was speaking during the World Disability Day at Ihura Stadium in Murang’a town.

He said people with disabilities compete for bursaries with other students from the Sh70 million fund set up by the county government.

“A high number of people with visual impairment have expressed interest in joining schools for the blind, but have been unable to because it is very expensive,” Wairia said.

The governor said the county will roll out a programme to pay the National Health Insurance Funds for people living with disability.

The programme will benefit 1,000 people, especially those with dire health needs and require constant medical attention, he said.

“Some Sh6 million will be set aside from the county health fund to cater for the insurance to make sure people with disabilities access inpatient and outpatients medical care,” Wairia said.

He said he has given a directive for the local public service to ensure it employs one skilled person living with disability for each of the 10 departments in the county government.

Wairia also said more than 2,400 people living with disability have benefited from free walking aids from the county government.

In a program started two years ago, the county government has given out wheel chairs, walking sticks and prosthetic limbs, he said.

SOURCE: THE STAR