Machakos County Authorities will roll out a medical cowl for folks with disabilities (PWDs) within the county by means of the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Fund (NHIF), Governor Wavinya Ndeti has mentioned.
Wavinya mentioned her authorities will work out on modalities to make sure that PWDs particularly these with extreme disabilities and from susceptible backgrounds have a medical insurance cowl.
“Relying on the numbers of the PWDs within the county, we will both pay for NHIF in full for these in dire want whereas the remaining, the county authorities pays half of the quantity required,” she mentioned.
The governor additional disclosed that the county authorities would begin gathering knowledge on the variety of PWDs throughout the county for functions of planning.
Talking on Monday on the Machakos Youth Centre through the issuance of latest era incapacity playing cards and assistive gadgets, the governor additionally waived charges for medical evaluation for PWDs in all well being amenities.
She famous that majority of the PWDs have been from poor households and couldn’t afford to foot the payments for medical evaluation.
“Most of them are struggling and can’t even fend for themselves. Why ought to they pay for the medical evaluation price? “she posed.
She urged dad and mom to not conceal youngsters with disabilities however as a substitute take them to high school for them to be self-reliant sooner or later.
“Don’t conceal such youngsters. My authorities will create an enabling surroundings to make sure such youngsters thrive. We’ll provide bursaries and any help that’s required,” added governor Wavinya.
Talking on the identical occasion, Government Director for Nationwide Council for Folks with Disabilities (NCPWD) Harun Hassan mentioned the council had partnered with the county authorities for registration of PWDs.
Hassan famous that registration for PWDs had been an enormous downside and an arduous process however disclosed that the council in collaboration with related stakeholders had eased the method by decentralising it to the county stage.
“We now have managed to convey the signature for the Director of Medical Companies to the county stage throughout the nation and registration will subsequently be achieved at stage three and 4 hospitals,” he mentioned.
The Government Director emphasised on the necessity for empowerment of PWDs by means of employment, money switch and entry to authorities procurement alternatives.
“We now have mentioned with the governor a raft of points together with well being cowl for PWDs and we sit up for forging partnership with the county authorities to uplift the lives of PWDs,” added Hassan.
Greater than 200 new playing cards and assistive gadgets together with wheel chairs, crutches and listening to aids have been issued to PWDs through the occasion.
By Roselyne Kavoo