Advocacy Groups Lobby For Improved Health Services To PLWD

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Story/Timothy Wekesa

As Universal Health Coverage becomes the order of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, Person’s Living With Disability have remained on the periphery of obtaining proper medication.


Because of this, Lobby organizations have come together to champion for this course.
Collins Masinde from Youths For Sustainable Development says their organization has partnered with White Ribbon Alliance to coordinate this under UHC program.


“Our organization is on the grassroot and that is why we came together with White Ribbon Alliance to execute this project that mainly targets Bumula and Webuye West,” he said.


Salome Ombwayo from who works for disability desk in the office Bungoma county health director said disability mainstreaming is inevitable in a step to achieve Universal Health care.


“Person’s Living With Disability go through many challenges so we are determined to conduct capacity building and improvement of their health services,” she said.


She has also assured residents of Bungoma that health care providers are being trained on how to handle PLWD whenever they visit facilities to seek medication.


Her sentiments were reiterated by Fred Nyongesa from Rural Empowerment Development Organization who insisted that involvement of PLWD in the budget making process can enhance improvement of their health services.


“It is high time for them to be trained on meaningful public participation so that they can lobby for increased budget allocation, it is through budget that the government can put their demands in consideration,” he said.


Patience Minayo from Youths For Sustainable Development has also raised concern over the need to consider Persons Living With Disability in construction of maternity wards and other hospitals.


“They should be disability friendly so that expectant mothers who have disability on their bodies can find ease at the facilities, this will help us save the lives of mothers and their newborns,” she said.
They were speaking during a workshop at Green Valle Hotel in Bungoma town. In attendance was Bungoma County Director of Health Johnstone Akatu who pointed out that affordability of medical services is a threat to UHC among Persons Living With Disability citing that it will be resolved by availing NHIF cards to the most vulnerable who have already been identified in respective wards.
The advocacy groups are lobbying for enactment of disability desks in all health facilities in Bungoma county, cleanliness and sanitation in the hospitals, construction of disability friendly structures and general improvement of health services in Bungoma county.

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