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Gov’t blamed for forgetting Coast physically challenged

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[CPWD Khamisa maalim Zaja with the beneficiaries. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Coast Association for Persons with Disability (CPWD) will continue supporting persons living with disability with food to mitigate the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic.

While distributing food assortments to the disabled communities living in Bombolulu informal settlement in Nyali Constituency, Coast Association for Persons with Disability (CPWD) Chief Executive Officer Ms Hamisa Maalim Zaja called upon the government to set up a special program for persons living with disability to enable them receive food during this time of war against the spread of COVID-19.

Ms Zaja said the physically challenged have been economically affected by measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus where they were forced to close down their small businesses which used to support their families.

Relief

Zaja urged the government to introduce a special relief food programme for the physically challenged to cushion them from economic hardships.

The CPWD Chief Executive Officer said 3,000 households of the physically challenged have benefited from her food distribution program in the Coast region.

[CPWD CEO Khamisa maalim Zaja (in spects) distributing relief food to the physically challenged in Mombasa. Photo/ Ahmed Omar].
Ms Saaleh Tasil a disabled beneficiary said since Covid-19 pandemic struck, they have not received any food assistance from the government.

Saaleh says some of the disabled persons used to get their daily bread through begging in the streets which has now been banned because of the deadly virus.

Ruth Awinja a disabled mother urged the government to ensure Covid-19 emergency funds are directed to fighting the pandemic and not being misused through corruption avenues by selected committees.

Awinja also urged the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) to form grass root Covid-19 committees’ country wide to help in addressing the plight and needs of people living with disability during Covid-19 pandemic period.