Dear Hon Michuki,
I believe you are reading this letter.
Kindly don’t laugh at us. You are aware that many Kenyans have already fallen in to the cracks. COVID pandemic has become the leading cause of poverty and many families are crushing. It has not even spared my clan mates. For now, they cannot afford even masks!
As you know sir, in low-income countries, persons living with disability are often unable to access basic rights and services such as education and healthcare, and are often excluded from employment, and social and community activities. Employers are still learning that hiring more individuals with disabilities can help improve performance and position organizations for long-term growth Worse still persons with disabilities were even marginalized and discriminated even before the pandemic.
COVID has harmed people with disabilities in various ways, yet Kenya is currently collecting wild animal data using all means but were unable to collect data that are disaggregated by disability in 2019.
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Hon Michuki response:
Disability sausage media I have hard you loud and clear:
Let me make the following remarks:
From today I will give a directive that masks will be free and Kenyans should immediately use them like the safety belt I introduced in 2003 and save lives. You are so youthful and useful, see me after this!
Let me welcome the CS Health to address the disability community in this media update:
Kenya has made strides in addressing the plight of persons with disabilities and we are the leader in Africa.
We are working round the clock to enhance the ministry of health to become more inclusive. These are some of the changes I want to introduce:
Important COVID-19 vaccination information for
Kenyans with disability, disability support staff, volunteers and carers
It is incredibly important that people book in for their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they
become eligible. All people with disability, disability support staff, volunteers and carers are
eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine right now. Persons with disability are welcome to book an
appointment at any public Government vaccination hospitals at any time.
I’m pleased to let you know that all public Government hospitals also have designated appointment times
All clinics are available for persons with disability and their support staff, volunteers or carer/s
attending the appointment with them.
The clinic should offer:
- a quieter space
- longer appointment times
- a separate entrance and exit with accessibility for wheelchairs, White canes and other mobility
- vaccinations for support staff, volunteers or carers attending the appointment at the
same time as the person with disability, and
- no waiting area so community members can directly enter the hospital.
Access and public hospitals times will be available on Wednesdays (8am to 12pm) and Thursdays (2pm to
5pm). Bookings can be made by calling the public Government COVID-19 Vaccination Line. Let our booking team know of any additional assistance or support needed for the
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a safe and effective way to protect people from
becoming very sick if you catch COVID-19. There are also emerging reports that suggest those
who have had the COVID-19 vaccine are less likely to transmit the virus to others?
As I’ve mentioned above, all carers are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. It is important for carers
to get vaccinated, not only to protect themselves but to protect those they care for.
We want to make it simple for carers to get vaccinated.
Carers aged under 50 years of age can get vaccinated any time at the Garran COVID-19 mass
vaccination hospitals. If a carer is aged 50 years and over, they can also attend the hospital with
the person that they care for and be vaccinated at the same time. This recognizes the important
role of carers, and provides an opportunity for the person with disability and their carer to be
vaccinated together. This is the Kenya we want. An inclusive for all with and with out disabilities.
I encourage you to read more about more about the Access and public hospital by visiting
I look forward to bringing you another update from the ministry of health.
vaccination program soon.
CS Mutahi Kagwe.
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
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