Plan to give free med­i­cal services for senior cit­i­zens

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central -

El­derly peo­ple aged 70 and above in Nyan­darua will get free med­i­cal services if and when a res­o­lu­tion by the county as­sem­bly is im­ple­mented.

The as­sem­bly has di­rected its Bud­get and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee to come up with a med­i­cal fund for the el­derly.

Health Com­mit­tee chair­man Peter Kairu, who moved the mo­tion, said it is im­por­tant for the gov­ern­ment to help the vul­ner­a­ble. “Al­low­ing cre­ation of this fund is one of the great­est hon­our you can ac­cord the senior cit­i­zens,” he said. Kairu said ad­vanced age lim­its their abil­ity to work and earn a liv­ing to cater for their daily needs, in­clud­ing ac­cess to med­i­cal services. “The senior cit­i­zens have been hin­dered from ac­cess­ing the services by the fees charged. This con­trib­utes to re­duc­tion of their life ex­pectancy,” he said.

After the mo­tion was passed yes­ter­day, speaker Wa­home Ndegwa said the ex­ec­u­tive will come up with leg­is­la­tion to im­ple­ment the mo­tion. If the mo­tion is im­ple­mented, the Fi­nance ex­ec­u­tive will ap­point an of­fi­cer to ad­min­is­ter the fund. Nyan­darua has about 40,000 peo­ple aged above 70.

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