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Council Consultative meeting with the Council of Governors

Council Consultative meeting with the Council of Governors at the COG offices. Also in attendance were Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programmes at the COG offices. The discussions revolved around:
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The training of county disability medical assessment committees on the new assessment guidelines – to be done early next month – will result in the decentralization of the DMS signature from Afya House to the county directors of health. This means that persons with disabilities will not have to travel to Afya House Nairobi to get their assessment reports signed – bringing this crucial service closer to the people. The new guidelines seek to also standardize the process of assessment across the country, which is a challenge with the current guidelines that were developed before devolution.
This rollout of the new MOH assessment guidelines is also in sync with the Council’s new registration system, where registration is done at the county level.\

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COG will partner with the Council in appealing to all county governments to waive the cost of disability medical assessments. This is a follow-up to the request made by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta during the International Day of Persons with Disabilities last year, that they “consider waiving the cost of assessment of persons with disabilities in gazetted hospitals which is a requirement for registration.”
COG will also review the Persons with Disabilities Amendment Bill and submit its views to the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare for their consideration.
Executive Director Harun Hassan and COG CEO Ms. Mary Mwiti agreed to work together to push disability agenda in the counties.

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