Government Urged to Establish Kitty for Cerebral Palsy Patients

Parents of patients living with Cerebral Palsy in Trans Nzoia County receive a donation of items from officials of the Kenya Revenue Authority in Kitale. Photo/Courtesey

 Parents of patients living with Cerebral Palsy in Trans Nzoia County have called on the national government to set up a cash transfer programme to help them meet the cost of their medication and upkeep.

The more than 100 parents who formed a support group to advocate for the welfare of their children said they are faced with a huge financial cost of raising their children who require special attention.

“We call on the government to support us since it is so costly to raise our children. For instance, the cost of buying pampers and the anti-convulsing drugs are so high and hard to find,” said Mrs Phyllis Gichuhi.

They also called on the government to zero rate the taxations on purchases for the items that the patients use in a bid to reduce the burden of incurring huge expenses that has worsened due to the high cost of living.

The North Rift coordinator of the Kenya Revenue Authority Barille Wario who handed the group items through  a community social responsibility csr initiative stressed the need for communal support for the group.

“We call on the community to show support for these patients instead of stigmatizing them. KRA is committed to reach out to the vulnerable in the society through our CSR programmes,”said Mr. Wario.

The programmes officer of the Lilian Siyoi Foundation Mr. Collins Ingokho said they have begun sensitization programmes aimed at ensuring the patients with such conditions are supported finaviclay and accepted in the society.

An Assistant county commissioner in the office of the county commissioner, Sarah Chelimo. Challenged the group to seek government funds through grants, loans and tendering opportunities.

“There are many opportunities that are spread in various government departments like social services and sports, gender and Youth Affairs. Express interest in the offers,”said Mrs Chelimo.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles.