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Cash Transfers for Persons with Disabilities Used for Safety Measures Rather than Buying Basic Needs

People with disabilities sometimes rely on other people to performs some of their daily tasks. Dependence on other people exposes them to coronavirus thus making them more vulnerable to COVID-19 disease.

While speaking during an interview in Nakuru town, Nakuru County Chairman for Persons with Disabilities Joseph Ogutu said that because of being more vulnerable, since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, PWDs are spending more money on sanitizers and masks than other members of society to keep themselves safe.  He added that even when relief food was available, distribution was a challenge to PWDs because often, there was scrambling for the same which they were unable to do hence they often missed out. He, therefore, requested the government for relief food for persons with disabilities to cover for the deficit.

In his speech, Ogutu commended the government for the regular cash transfers to PWDs across the country. He expressed his fear that the Sh.2,000 they receive every month was now being spent on self- protection against the disease rather than purchasing basic needs as it was originally meant for. The chairman urged governors to consider putting aside any donations for persons with disabilities and label it clearly as PWDs relief assistance so that it went directly to them.

By: Linzer Kibebe

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