Standard Group Corporate Affairs Manager Naomi Kosgei said the media house is keen on supporting the disabled.
“We are looking forward to working with Cure International and other organizations. We have gotten people calling with the desire to support children with disabilities, and we call upon other partners to join us to give these special people necessary devices and rehabilitation,” said Ms Kosgei.
Nelson Muoki, the Development Manager at the hospital said many parents keep their disabled children at homes, hence missing out on rehabilitation services, some of which are free.
“We have rehabilitation services. We normally have mobile clinics in various counties yearly. The fact that some parents hide their children at home makes it hard for us to reach them. Bring them out to us even if you do not have money. We will treat them,” said Muoki.
Dickson Mwirigi, an occupational therapist with the Cerebral Palsy Society of Kenya also said late identification of children with disabilities is a barrier to rehabilitation efforts.
“The challenge we have is late identification of children with cerebral palsy. The condition should be identified at birth and intervention made in good time. Late identification delays the intervention exercise, which makes them exhaust the oxygen they have, causing them more problems,” he said.
Mr Mwirigi asked the government to reduce the cost of wheelchairs. Stating that a hand-driven wheelchair costs about Sh24,000, yet it is locally made by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya with support from the government.