County government gives vulnerable people medical insurance cover

A resident's biometrics being captured by a NHIF official in Nyamaiya Health Centre grounds yesterday. PHOTO/Dan Nyamanga, The Scholar Media Africa.

Fifteen thousand residents of Nyamira will be enrolled to enjoy a free medical insurance cover.

The county government partnered with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to make it possible.

Already, registration is on. 

Deputy governor Dr. James Gesami launched the exercise on Monday at Nyamaiya Health Center in Nyamaiya ward.

All the beneficiaries of the free medical cover are being registered biometrically.

During the launch, Dr. Gesami said the aim of the county government is to prioritize health services as a basic requirement for citizens.
“As a county government we have come up with this idea of providing a medical cover for vulnerable families in our county because we value their wellbeing,” Dr Gesami said.

“All we have done is to ensure every household has a medical cover for at least every member.”
The NHIF indigent coverage is a programme under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda of the National Government covering over one million most vulnerable individuals and their households countrywide.
The County’s Health CEC Ms. Gladys Momanyi called upon those who have not registered for NHIF services to come out and register.

She said the cover helps to lessen the burden of huge bills for their healthcare needs.
“We encourage our people to get the cover because it is good for their healthcare needs especially when there are emergencies,” she said.
Health Chief Officer Dr. Jack Magara said every Sub County will have a specific date to have details of the beneficiaries taken.
“We urge those who were identified as beneficiaries to avail themselves to their various Sub counties so that their details can be captured as required for them to start benefiting from the cover.

Deputy Governor Dr. James Gesami (right) being taken through the registration process by an NHIF official on Monday  PHOTO/Dan Nyamanga, The Scholar Media Africa.

This is a program by the NHIF, the national government and the county government of Nyamira aimed at cushioning those residents who cannot afford medical services,” Dr Magara said.

The county’s health services have been put on the spot in recent past over unavailability of essential medicines and drugs.

Residents complain of missing basic medicines where they are referred to purchase them from nearby shops.

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