Speaking at his Iten Town offices when he received delegation of autism crusaders led by beauty queen Miss World Africa 2017 Magline Jeruto alongside officials from Health department and Maxglobal organization, Governor Tolgos said his government will set aside piece of land and facilitate infrastructural development for the facility.

Ms. Jeruto who was voted fifth in beauty pageant competition in Sanya, China in 2017 and crowned Miss World Africa, has vowed to sustain a meaningful autism campaign to have the facility put up in her home county_ Elgeyo-Marakwet.

“This is a noble idea and we shall give you the necessary support to realise this course. Remember there is no other autism centre in Kenya and therefore this will be one of its kind,”said Tolgos. 

The beauty queen challenged parents with children with detectable autism symptoms to take them for assessment in special schools instead of hiding them at home.

She said: “I believe that there are children hidden at their homes and yet they need help. In fact a serious awareness is needed to have these children helped,”

She noted that the kenyan government had not taken into consideration hospital treatment for children living with the condition in the National Hospital Insurance Fund NHIF scheme.

“When these children develop complications and are taken to hospital, it is regrettable that NHIF doesn’t cover their specific conditions, “she said Jeruto who has also been working with Autism society of Kenya.

Ms. Laura Kandie, official representative of Maxglobal charitable organization said putting up the facility could require over Sh.60 million according to a developed concept that was already in place.

She said her agency together with Ms. Jeruto would rally well-wishers to pull resources for the establishment of the facility in Iten.

“Once established, it will be the only one in Kenya and the second in Africa. The only autism centre in the continent is in South Africa,”said Ms Kandie.

According to Iten County Referal medical superintendent Castro Mugalla, establishing the unit would require a separate piece of land outside the referral hospital that would be suitable to accommodate other necessary facilities owing to the condition of the children with special needs.

The delegation also visited Mindililwo school for Special children that is home to 11 autistic children among others with various special needs. 

Deputy Governor Wisely Rotich said the facility would go a long way in addressing the plight of the children whose parents do not have access to such institutions in the region.

 

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