UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE
Governor Lenku rolls out mass NHIF listing; upgrades Ng’atataek Dispensary:
Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has launched a mass registration drive for the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) health scheme.
NHIF’s national and local officials and several Health Sector Stakeholders, joined the Governor at the upgraded Ng’atataek Health Centre for the launch of the County’s Universal Health Cover policy.
The mass registration exercise seeks to provide affordable, accessible and sustainable medical cover to all residents of the County.
The scheme is expected to offer quality healthcare in the wake of rising medical bills that has seen many families ruined economically by run way hospital bills and related expenses.
For example, it will foot bills for both outpatient and inpatient services including those related to chronic diseases such as cancer and kidney ailments.
“Days when people organized harambee to offset huge medical bills will soon come to an end; we now have medical covers,” said the Governor.
He tasked the administrative heads through chiefs to sensitize the locals on the importance of the NHIF medical insurance so that they can take advantage of the affordable services offered.
Statistics by NHIF show that only 167,134 residents in Kajiado County were actively paying the NHIF membership fees.
Kajiado County NHIF Coordinator Alfred Ng’etich said the County had only 89 disabled people registered with NHIF while only 3,695 residents above 70 years were enjoying the services of the scheme.
“We have 4,022 vulnerable residents in our subsidized health scheme. A further 73,568 are insured from the informal sector,” said Mr. Ng’etich.
The Governor assured the residents of his commitment in realizing his campaign pledge of affordable universal healthcare through supporting initiatives such as the NHIF scheme and equipping of health facilities.
Present at the launch included the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho, Health CEC Member Esther Somoire and the Chairman of the County Assembly’s Health Committee Moses Saoyo Kusero.