Persons with Disabilities remain the most vulnerable group during this time of coronavirus pandemic. Some of them are unable to sustain themselves and their families as the economy is hit hard by the pandemic. The national and county governments have however sought measures to cushion persons with disabilities from effects of COVID-19.
On May 16, 2020, PWDs in Migori County received relief food from the national government. The distribution of foodstuffs was spearheaded by Nominated Member of Parliament Denitah Ghati who confirmed that the national government had responded quickly to the letter issued from her office in request of relief food for persons with disabilities. Moreover, the government intends to provide relief food for PWDs across all 47 counties in Kenya and Migori happened to be among the first on the list to receive the aid.
Ghati who is also the sitting chairperson for persons with disabilities at the National Assembly reported that Migori County alone has about 100,000 PWDs, a number she considers large and requires relevant stakeholders to continue providing aid during the COVID-19 period. She also warned the people from Isebania to report foreigners entering the country through the border as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The donations included 20 cartons of cooking oil, eighty 50 kg bags of rice, and 20 bags of fortified health food. These donations were delivered at the County Commissioner’s office on May 15, 2020 afternoon.
While speaking on behalf of Migori County Commissioner, Suna-East Assistant County Commissioner Kenneth Kiprop stated that the government is determined to help vulnerable groups during this pandemic period, adding that the national government has rolled out programs meant to address challenges facing business people.
Mr. Kiprop stressed the need to provide information about illegal movements of people across the borders saying it will help us succeed in the fight against COVID-19 as there would be less importation of the virus.
By: Linzer Kibebe