The County Government of Uasin Gishu is partnering with Lions Club International is set to establish a state of art assessment centre for persons with different abilities.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH said, Wednesday when he hosted delegates of Lions International District led by their governor Ravi Madharu.

Lions Club International District 411- the charitable organisation’s regional jurisdiction covering Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Djibouti – Multiple districts will host their 13th convention in Eldoret 24th – 29th April 2019 in Eldoret City.

“I am very excited that Uasin Gishu is playing host to this Multiple District convention. Lions Club International, Eldoret Chapter our biggest partner in the development of the health sector”, Mandago said.

The People with disabilities centre will provide elementary to tertiary education and in partnership with Lion’s club and MTRH run a specialised hospital to cater for PWDS. Mandago offered land in Chebolool, Kesses Sub-county which had been donated by the local community for construction of the facility as well as providing personnel.

Mandago lauded Lions’ club for their exemplary work especially in the provision of critical support to alleviating eye problems countrywide. He particularly noted the annual Eye Clinic annually held at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital in partnership with the county government which will see over 200 patients with eye problems fully sponsored for operation with more than two thousand receive free eye check-up and consultation in the next three days.

Lions’ International Vice President in charge of Euro- Africa partnerships
Herman Heinemann, speaking during the courtesy call welcomed governor’s call to the partnership while also pledging that his organisation will partner with Uasin Gishu county in several projects covering health, environment and education sectors.

Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno thanked Lions’ club for bringing together over 500 international delegates to the convention as it further’s the promotion of Uasin Gishu as a conference tourism destination while affirming efforts to upgrade Eldoret to city status.

County Executive for Health services Evelyne Rotich said that her department is already partnering with Lion’s club in the provision of sanitary towels and wheelchairs to the less privileged in the county. The county CEO further directed the Health Department to liaise with the charitable organisation and forge a partnership aimed at improving capacity for Huruma Eye Unit.

“ I also welcome Lion’s club to join us in growing Uasin Gishu’s forest cover from 7.55 to the requisite ten percent. We have just concluded the second edition of Eldoret International Marathon whose theme is climate action. From this marathon, we realised funds to help us plant over one million tree seedlings on the onset of the long rains”, Mandago Said. As a complementary intervention. Lions’ Club is looking to donate energy saving Jikos as a means of reducing cutting of trees for wood fuel.

Also present during the courtesy call was Trade CEC Dr Emily Kogos, her Lands 7 housing counterpart Engineer Nelson Maritim, County Secretary Edwin Bett, County Attorney Stephen Lel and Devolution Chief Officer Wilson Sawe.

After the courtesy call, Mandago led CEO Dr Wilson Aruasa and Lion’s club delegates at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital in commissioning the annual Free Eye Clinic where over 200 patients with eye problems will receive free surgery.

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