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Kenya marks World Cerebral Palsy Day

The Government will contruct more learning and recreational facilities for children living with cerebral palsy.

This was said by a Ministry of Health official Margaret Kalekye during celebrations to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day at Camp Toyoyo stadium, Makadara sub-county, Nairobi on Thursday, October 6th.

She said that the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of Education has secured funding from Safaricom to put up a special class for cerebral palsy children at St. Paul Primary School in Mbotela estate, Makadara sub-county.

Kalekye encouraged parents with children living with cerebral palsy to register their children at St. Paul’s Assessment Centre so that they could benefit from the educational opportunities offered there.

“The Ministry of Health also has plans to put up a recreational ground at Jericho Hospital,” Kalekye said.

At the same time, National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya (NFDK) CEO Anthony Muli pointed out that NFDK has previously partnered with Sight of Relief and Cerebral Palsy Society of Kenya to create awareness and support caregivers of people with cerebral palsy.

“Some of the programmes NFDK is carrying out include the provision of mobility aids, rehabilitative equipment, vocal tools of trade, and provision of financial grants towards infrastructural development and income generating activities,” revealed Muli.

He listed some of the institutions that have benefited from the provision of financial grants and infrastructural development programmes in Nairobi as Mathare Special Training Centre, Wangu Primary School, Mihango Primary School, James Gichuru Primary School, Roysambu Primary School, Kiwanja Special Unit amongst others.

Muli also disclosed that NFDK has provided grants worth sh 2.7 million for the construction of flagship project facilities such as dining halls and dormitories.

“Some of the institutions that have benefited from our flagship project in Nairobi are Jacaranda Special School for the Mentally Handicapped, Waithaka Special School for Mentally Challenged, Buruburu Baptist Church School and Muslim Primary School Cerebral Palsy Unit amongst others,” he stated.

Muli further stated that NFDK would donate diapers for children worth Sh51,600 in a bid to ensure that not only adults but also children with cerebral palsy have access to basic needs.

By Hellen Mwangi

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