Kisumu becomes first county to employ sign language interpreters
Kisumu became one of the first 47 counties to employ sign language interpreters in line with the Constitution of Kenya and the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with Disabilities.
The seven newly employed sign language interpreters have been deployed in the key departments including Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital and Kisumu County Referral Hospital.
While addressing the PLWDs, Youths and women during the disbursement of Ksh. 24.3 Million loans to 659 groups, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o said that the officers have commenced their duties and are doing great.
“The officers have been doing commendable work in assisting those with hearing impairment,” Nyong’o said.
He said they are working with other partners on the country gender mainstreaming policy , which will provide broad objectives and policy commitments towards the achievement of gender equality and women empowerment.
“We are currently on the final stages of forming the county departmental of people with disability committees to help improve on our commitment in addressing PLWDs. I wish to retaliate that Kisumu is a county of equal opportunities both in doing business and employment,” Hon. Nyong’o added.
The governor said his government is blazing the trail in addressing issues affecting vulnerable groups specifically the PLWDs.