Kenya celebrates International Day for Older persons with Ksh.6.5 billion gift

The government will inject 6.5 billion shillings in facilitating the lives of older persons across the country to improve their lives and promote family units and protection. Speaking during the International Day for Older persons marked in Kajiado County, Gender and Youth CS Cecily Kairiuki who represented President Uhuru Kenyatta said the government is committed to progressively increase the amount to ensure more beneficiaries. The government says it has also rolled out programs to fight discrimination against aging persons through old person’s protection and legal framework policies. The roll out of National Hospital Insurance Fund NHIF and Inua Jamii cards beginning next year is also expected to improve health of aging persons. Speaking at the same event, East Africa affairs, Commerce and tourism CS Philis Kandie called on stakeholders to ensure brokers are eliminated to ensure old persons benefit directly. She said there is need for those mandated to oversee the disbarment of the funds detest from politicking on the issue.