As the World marked the International Day of Persons with Disability, December 3, 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta lauded Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for its comprehensive training programme for rehabilitation personnel. He said he was impressed by the growing number of students taking up rehabilitation courses at the institution.
“I want to applaud the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for taking the lead in capacity development of rehabilitation personnel with an annual intake of 150 students pursuing degree in rehabilitation related courses,” said President Kenyatta.
He was speaking in Nairobi when he led the country in marking this year’s United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The theme for IDPD this year was “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The President further recognized JKUAT for setting aside 10 acres of her land with plans to set up Africa’s first national centre of excellence in assistive technology.
“Once established, the national centre of excellence in assistive technology will provide much-needed training, research and innovation, as well as manufacturing and distribution of assistive technologies,” said President Kenyatta.
Actualized through a strong collaboration between the University, Ministry of Health (MOH), and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centre is anchored on the premise of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and informed by the global shortage of strong assistive technology network, especially in developing countries.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, has termed the project as a significant milestone for the University, and a clear testament of the strides that have been made by the University in training, research, innovation, technology transfer, as well as capacity building.
On training rehabilitation personnel, Prof. Ngumi said JKUAT took up the challenge of embracing the training of rehabilitation professionals back in the year 2011. At the time, she acknowledged, the training might not have looked as prestigious as the other courses but 10 year into the programme, JKUAT is proud to have made the decision.