By Dan Nyamanga.
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has partnered with the County of Nyamira in a health program which will see over 15,000 resident benefit under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The program which will run at a cost of Kshs.92 million will see over 15000
households from poor backgrounds access to free health care across the County through the NHIF facility.
Launching the program today, Governor Amos Nyaribo said that the first phase will see 15,000 households targeted, representing 20% of the total households to be addressed.
“The program we are launching today will ensure that the 15,000 households are registered with NHIF to enable them access free health care services. free across the county.
We have rolled out a team that will go and identify the needy and deserving
residents in the first phase that will see 20% of the population access the program”, said Nyaribo.
Nyaribo said that measures were being put in place to ensure that all health
facilities across the county were well equipped to minimize congestion at the main referral facility when the whole program rolls out.
He said the first group to be given priority are orphans, people living with
disabilities, elderly people and other needy persons in the society.
Governor Nyaribo asked the officers tasked with identifying the groups to exercise high level of integrity and transparency to ensure that the deserving people benefit.
“We will also display the beneficiaries in all public noticeboards for public
scrutiny so as we have the deserving residents on the beneficiary list and those that have been sneaked in from able families to be expunged.
I want to urge those who will be mandated with selections of the beneficiaries to play high level of integrity and transparency so that we have genuine beneficiaries for this program”, added Nyaribo.
UHC was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta three years ago to accommodate the poor families in accessing healthcare services free of charge across the country.