Sh60 million boost for persons with disabilities in Kakamega

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. [Mumo Munive, Standard]

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya's administration has set aside Sh60 million to support people living with disabilities in the county.

At least 49,000 beneficiaries have been identified in 12 sub-counties, according to the Governor.

Oparanya said the county had conducted a census to establish the number of people living with disabilities, the state in which they live, and their immediate needs.

Kakamega County Headquarters. [Mumo Munive, Standard]

"The census and the need assessment report is what is guiding the county as we implement programmes aimed at uplifting the lives of the disabled persons in the county," he said.

Oparanya said wheelchairs and crutches will be given to disabled persons, and the county will also support their education.

He made the remarks yesterday in his office during a meeting with national officials of the National Council For Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD) led by Executive Director Harun Hassan.

The report showed that many people living with disabilities in the county were living in abject poverty.